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Drivers in Cowley County see heightened traffic enforcement in May as additional officers are placed on the roadways to aggressively enforce all Kansas traffic laws.  Supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, the officer participate in the Kansas Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign.  As such, there are strict enforcement of the Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety Acts during that time. 

The Winfield Police Department is among 130 law enforcement agencies, statewide that will participate in Click It or Ticket. Their aim is to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes.  Last year, traffic crashes claimed the lives of four-hundred, twenty-eight (428) people. Tragically, of those who died, it is estimated that over 70 percent were not wearing seat belts. 

Across the state, only 69% of front seat passengers belt in, ranking Kansas 42nd in the nation for seat belt compliance. 

The Safety Belt Use Act specifies that all front seat passengers must be buckled in.  The Child Passenger Safety Act authorizes officers to pull over any vehicle suspected of holding child passengers under the age of 14 who are not properly restrained.  It stipulates that children under the age of four must be secured in a federally-approved child safety seat, and children, aged four through 13, must be securely belted in.  In addition, this law prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed. 

More disheartening to the law enforcement community, however, is the low compliance rate for child passenger restraint.  Across the state, only 59% of children, ages 0-13, are restrained; county rates vary from 41% to 73%, with rural counties, again, generally lagging well behind their metropolitan counterparts. 

The Winfield Police Department is making a clear statement that it is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of Kansas passenger restraint laws, and all traffic infractions that make our roadways unsafe.

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