Now through March 7, the McPherson Police Department will join other Kansas law enforcement 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 percent of those teens were not properly restrained.
Kansas  law enforcement will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than 20 years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicles.
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.
McPherson Police Lt. Stan Neufeld said, “Even one teen death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”