Law enforcement agencies across the state plan to participate in the "Click It. Or Ticket." campaign starting next week, issuing tickets to unbuckled drivers and passengers as a reminder of the importance of seat belt use at all times.
The campaign will run from Monday through June 2. Any adult not wearing a seat belt could be issued a $30 traffic citation.
In 2017, 53 percent of the 316 people who died from automobile crashes in Kansas weren't wearing seat belts, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
“The 'Click it. Or Ticket.' campaign isn’t about issuing citations, it’s about saving lives,” said Technical Trooper Ben Gardner, of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “Too many people die in motor vehicle crashes who could have survived if they had only buckled up.”
In 2018, the Kansas seat belt usage was 84 percent, below the national average of 90 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.