The Traffic Stop

By McPherson Police Department
May 19, 2015

The Traffic Stop —05/19/2015

Seatbelts (STO #182 & 182.1 and KSA 8-1343 & 8-2503) 

Loose meaning: 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 yesterday, May 18th and continuing through Sunday, May 31st drivers may expect an increased police presence locally and statewide asMcPherson KS Police Department joins 150 other law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign. This additional presence is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). The aim is simple: to drastically reduce PREVENTABLE death and injury which occurs when unrestrained occupants are in collisions. The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office says almost half of those killed in collisions are NOT belted in, while 98% of those who ARE belted in suffer NO injuries. It takes less than four seconds to prevent a heartache which would last a lifetime. So wear your seatbelt and be sure the little people in your life do too!

In McPherson, an adult seatbelt violation has a fine amount of $10, which increases to $60 when children are not buckled up. There are no court costs, however. Failure to use a seatbelt is a non-moving violation.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address! Please PRIVATE MESSAGE MPD your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the current topic. Call us if ANY question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200. 

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