Wellington Police Department warns: Strict seatbelt enforcement to save lives

Wellington Police Department warns: Strict seatbelt enforcement to save lives
Beginning October 24 through October 28, 2022, WPD will join other Kansas law enforcement
agencies to stop what has been likened to an epidemic in Kansas. In 2019, 8 children ages 0-13
lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Sadly, 62% of those children were not wearing their
seat belts.
More than ever, folks are aware that it is important to make sure children have received their
immunizations to prevent deadly diseases. What we may not often think about is that wearing a
seatbelt properly is the best prevention of serious injury or death in a vehicle.
According to the 2019 Kansas observational seat-belt survey, children are much more likely to
be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seatbelt. If the driver is buckled, about 97% of the
children are restrained. If the driver is not buckled, only about 30% of the observed children
were buckled. We want adults to model good driving behaviors for children.
Starting on October 24 through October 28, 2022, law enforcement across Kansas will be
extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than 20 years, officers have educated
and warned drivers and passengers regarding the importance of using seat-belts while in their
There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue
citations to anyone who does not obey Kansas seat belt law.
Even one child’s death is unacceptable. Please slow down, especially in school zones, eliminate
the distractions, and always buckle up.
For the latest data and to see more about Kansas safety belt laws, go to: www.ktsro.org