Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Operation Impact and Special Seatbelt Enforcement


On Wednesday November 14th, the Overland Park Police Department will be participating in the monthly Operation Impact Campaign which targets aggressive driving, seat belt violations and other violations which can cause accidents or increase the severity of accidents.

While we will still be conducting traffic enforcement on our major thoroughfares, more than 30 officers will be enforcing seat belt and child car seat violations at each of our nine high schools. This special enforcement will occur mainly in the morning, but also will be conducted at specific locations in the afternoon hours.


The Child Passenger Safety Act (KSA 8-1343) requires:

• All children under age four must be in an appropriate federally-approved child safety seat.

• Children four years of age, but under the age of eight years, must be in an appropriate federally-approved child safety seat/booster seat UNLESS the child weighs more than 80 pounds OR is taller than 4'9" in height.

• Children eight years of age, but under the age of 14, must be protected by a safety belt.

The Kansas Safety Belt Use Act (KSA 8-2501) requires:

• Each occupant of a passenger car who is 14 years of age or older shall have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is in motion.

• Each occupant of a passenger car 14 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age, in any seating position can be cited for this violation (KSA 8-2503(b).

• Front seat occupants of a passenger car who are 18 years of age or older can be cited for this violation.