Law enforcement agencies across Kansas, including in Topeka and Shawnee County, will be cracking down on teenage seat belt usage over the next two weeks.
The Seatbelts Are For Everyone — or SAFE — initiative is being conducted in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Enforcement efforts will take place from Feb. 26 through March 9 and are designed to encourage seat belt use among Kansas teens.
According to KDOT, 120 law enforcement agencies participated in the SAFE program in 2017, with officers issuing more than 1,000 seat belt citations.
Topeka police will focus efforts near the city's high schools.
Lawrence police say their officers will issue citations to "any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up."
The Lawrence Police Department added that "there should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort," and that "everyone from the front seat and back, child and adult, needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time."
According to KDOT, 13 teens died in car crashes in 2017 in the state. Of those, 40 percent weren't properly restrained.
Kansas has SAFE programs in 71 of the state's 105 counties and in 157 high schools.