On Monday, the McPherson Police Department kicked off its annual Click It or Ticket campaign.
The two-week program is intended to remind drivers and passengers the importance of wearing their seat belt at all times while in a vehcile.
On Monday morning, the McPherson Police Department utilized a Kansas Department of Transportation- suggested covert operation in which officers used a city vehicle and closed off one lane of traffic so the officer could see if the occupants were wearing their seat belts. A total of 79 seat belt violations were recorded within a two-hour time frame.
The officers were surprised by the number of McPherson residents that were not wearing their safety belts. Until recent years, Kansas had been one of the lowest states complying with the mandatory seat belt law. This operation and others like this will continue throughout the KDPT-supported program in hopes that individuals will buckle up when they are in a vehicle.