Tuesday, February 25, 2014

School Seatbelt Awareness Campaign

Starting yesterday and running through March 7th, the Overland Park Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2013, 31 teens lost their lives and 240 were seriously injured due to car crashes in Kansas; 74% of those teens were NOT PROPERLY RESTRAINED.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement from across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than twenty years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle.

There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who does not obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, aggressive driving, texting or failing to buckle up.

The safety of our young drivers is a high priority for this department. Parents have a great influence on teen drivers and we encourage them to be an example by buckling up themselves.