A number of northeast Johnson County police departments are participating in the annual Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement campaign, where officers strictly enforce the state’s seat belt and child restraint laws.
Starting yesterday and going through May 31, drivers in Prairie Village, Mission, Roeland Park and other northeast Johnson County cities can expect to see a stronger-than-usual traffic enforcement presence on the streets.
Byron Roberson, who was recently promoted to the rank of captain and now oversees the Prairie Village Police Department’s patrol division, said the department takes enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws seriously.
“I want people to know that the Prairie Village Police Department 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 unsafe,” he said.
Here’s a quick overview of Kansas’s restraint laws:
Officers can stop a car when they observe front seat occupants or kids under 14 riding without a seatbelt or restraint. Occupants over 14 are given a citation themselves. If an occupant under 14 is not properly restrained, officers cite the driver of a vehicle.
Kids under the age of 4 must be secured in an approved child safety seat.
Kids ages 4 through 7 who are less than 4’9” tall and 80 pounds must be securely belted in an approved booster seat.
Kids under the age of 14 may not ride in any part of a vehicle not designed to carry passengers, including the bed of a pickup truck.
The increased staff time required for the additional patrol units is paid for by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.