Monday, March 11, 2013

Special Safety Belt and Child Car Seat Enforcement

The Traffic Safety Section and the Community Policing Section will be participating in the Seatbelt Awareness Enforcement Event, which will be held from March 11th to March 22nd 2013.  This event is sponsored by the KDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety and Technology.

The enforcement teams will monitor area high schools for seatbelt and other violations which have received repeated complaints at selected high schools.

According to NHTSA's annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, seat belt use has steadily increased since 1994, with the record high of 86 percent in 2012 representing a two percent increase over the previous year.

Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have primary belt laws (Kansas), which permit law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seat belt rather than requiring additional traffic violations.

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

• 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, at least 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.