Overland Park Police writing tickets for teenagers not wearing seat belts

OVERLAND PARK, Kans. - Kansas law enforcement is spending the next week looking for teenage drivers breaking the law.

Overland Park Police wrote more than a dozen tickets Wednesday morning.

Out of the 15 tickets written, officers ticketed one parent for not wearing their seat belt. It's part of the SAFE program. The main mission is to catch teen drivers not wearing their seat belts, but that's not all. Officers will be on the lookout for teens who are speeding, texting or just not following the rules of the road.

The program cites statistics from last year where 31 teens died in car crashes in Kansas. Almost 250 were injured and 74 percent of those were not wearing their seat belts. This program originated by the Kansas Department Of Transportation aimed at enforcement and awareness.

"With the education and the new legislation and it becoming a primary violation for law enforcement to make stops on I think people are wearing their seatbelts more often," said Ofc. Roger Griffith with Overland Park Police Department. 

Besides a $60 ticket for teenagers not wearing their seatbelt, officers will also educate the teens on how to be a safer driver. The program started on Monday and runs until March 7.

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