Kansas Highway Patrol begins two-week crack down on teen seatbelt enforcement

Drivers who commute around high schools in Kansas be warned: The Kansas Highway Patrol will kick off two weeks of seatbelt enforcement beginning March 11, and running through March 22.

The seatbelt crack down comes after a spike in car accidents involving teens who weren't wearing their seat belts.

According to Kansas Department of Transportation statistics, 43 Kansas teens died in car crashes last year, and  74% of them weren't wearing seatbelts.

The KDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety and Technology, which is hosting this campaign, hopes to decrease that number through enforcement.

"Teenagers are at an exciting time in their lives, with many events ahead of them-spring break, prom, graduation, state  sporting events. We want them to be able to enjoy these activities, and not spend their time in a hospital bed recovering from injuries sustained in a crash," said Colonel Ernest E. Garcia, Superintendent of the Patrol. "Our troopers will be working around schools, and if someone's not buckled up properly, it should not come as a surprise if they are issued a citation. We would much rather see teens and others properly buckled up, than to have to write someone a ticket."

Those tickets aren't cheap for teens. Anyone between 14 and 18 caught without a seat belt will face a $60 fine. For adults, the citation amount is $10.

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