Not wearing your seatbelt is against the law, but half of all Kansans still refuse to make it click. That's why the Kansas Department of Transportation is kicking off a new statewide campaign on Monday. The Clicks Across Kansas campaign runs this week in conjunction with national Buckle Up America Week.
John Kirby is only sixteen, but he has already decided wearing a seatbelt is not important to him. According to a national observational survey of drivers and passengers, John is not alone. The study shows only 61 percent of Kansans use seatbelts. Kansas ranks as the ninth lowest state in the nation for adult seatbelt compliance.
Sharyle Porterhill just moved here from California and is glad to see Kansas finally cracking down. She says Kansas needs to enforce the seatbelt law because children should learn from their parents to buckle up. Only about half of the children in Kansas between the ages of four and fourteen wear seatbelts.