Buckle up! Prairie Village participation in ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign starts Monday

Heads up, NEJC motorists: Prairie Village’s participation in Kansas’s annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign starts Monday and will run through June 2.

During Click It or Ticket, police officers will be “aggressively enforcing Kansas occupant restraint” laws — translation: buckle up.

From the Prairie Village police:

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of both the Safety Belt Use Act and the Child Passenger Safety Act. Briefly, these acts require that all occupants must be appropriately restrained. Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they observe front seat occupants, or children under the age of 14, riding without proper restraint. Occupants, ages 14 and over, are cited individually. In the event a passenger under the age of 14 is observed to be unrestrained, the driver will be cited. Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat. Children, ages four through seven, must be securely belted into an approved booster seat unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches or heavier than 80 pounds. Children, ages eight through 13 must be safety-belted. In addition, the act 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. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station or technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800/416-2522, or ktsro@dccca.org.

“I want people to know Prairie Village is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of seat belt and child safety laws, and all other traffic infractions – such as speeding and texting while driving – that make our streets and highways unsafe,” said Capt. Wes Lovett. “I want drivers in Prairie Village to remember it’s not only about your driving skills, but it’s also about the skills, habits and circumstances of the drivers sharing the road with you.”