Traffic Stop: Click It Or Ticket

By KBBE News/ McPherson PD Executive Sergeant Mo Hawkinson
May 17, 2017

Safety belt use rates are up substantially since the initiation of national mobilizations like the ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign. However, nearly half of the 22,441 occupants killed on U.S. roadways in 2015 were not wearing seat belts, and the statistics are worse for teens and young adults.

Kansas has a Primary Seatbelt Law. This means a law enforcement officer does not need to observe another violation to initiate a traffic stop. ALL occupants are required to wear seatbelts.

Beginning next Monday, May 22 and continuing through Sunday, June 4, drivers may expect an increased police presence locally and statewide as part of this year’s spring ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign.McPherson KS Police Department joins 160 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint law.

Enforcement will occur around the clock. Officers will be especially vigilant at night because seatbelt use diminishes after nightfall, meaning the likelihood of unrestrained crash injuries and deaths soars during those hours.

A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation supports this additional law enforcement presence. The aim ofClick It or Ticketis simple:  drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries occurring when unrestrained people are in traffic crashes.

According to KDOT, 93% of crash survivors without injuries are wearing a safety restraint. So, in general, unrestrained people involved in a crash have only about a 7% chance of emerging without an injury. While seat belts may not always protect from serious or fatal injury, certainly no other piece of equipment in a vehicle provides more protection.

Next week law enforcement will be working overtime to enforce Kansas’ seat belt laws because SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES. In Kansas, it’s the law. Click it or ticket. Or worse.

In McPherson, Kansas, an adult seatbelt violation has a fine amount of $10, the amount increases to $60 when a child is not in a safety restraint. There are no associated court costs and failure to use a seatbelt is a non-moving violation.

On most Tuesdays, MPD addresses a topic dealing with traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop”. Call us on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200 if you have a question, which requires an immediate answer. LIKE it? SHARE it!

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