Increased awareness during Click It or Ticket campaign

Beginning on Monday, May 18, and continuing through Sunday, May 31, drivers can expect increased police presence on Olathe’s streets as the Olathe Police Department joins more than 150 other law enforcement agencies in enforcing Kansas occupant restraint and other traffic laws as part of the 2015 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign.

This activity is supported by agency grants from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Drivers can expect enforcement of the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act. These acts require that all vehicle occupants be appropriately restrained.

Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, or children under the age of 14, riding without proper restraint.

Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat.

Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station or technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800-416-2522, or ktsro@dccca.org.

The objective of Click It or Ticket is to reduce the number of preventable injuries that occur when drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. According to KDOT, nearly half of all fatality crashes involve those that are not properly restrained.

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