Teens encourage peers to buckle up during seatbelt enforcement campaign

By: Lily Wu - Email
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VALLEY CENTER, Kan--- Law enforcement officers throughout the state of Kansas are participating in the annual seatbelt enforcement campaign around high schools.

The campaign is organized by the "Seatbelts Are For Everyone" program.

"Accidents happen all the time. You never know when you should be wearing one. I think being safe, wearing it all the time is important," said Breanna Sayers, a member of the SAFE program at Valley Center High School.

The campaign runs from February 24th to March 7th, and involves 119 law enforcement agencies.

"We're not out here trying to write people tickets. We would be happy if the two weeks went by and we didn't have to write one because that means that they're being aware of the importance of it and we want them to continue doing so," said Sgt. Gary Farthing, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

This is the second year for data collection on this enforcement. Last year, there were four citations given for children under 13-years-old who were not buckled, 270 citations for teens, and 890 for adults.

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