Prairie Village police participating in statewide seatbelt safety effort next week

Prairie Village’s police department will again be participating in a statewide crackdown on seatbelt laws starting Monday. Buckle it up, Villagers:

From March 11 through March 15, the Prairie Village Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2012, 43 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 74% of those teens WERE NOT PROPERLY RESTRAINED.

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than twenty years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle. There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. 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.

Captain Wes Lovett says, “Even one teen death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.” While the Police Department always pays special attention to school zones, officers will place extra emphasis on enforcement of traffic violations around schools in the week leading up to spring break.