JUNCTION CITY, Kan. -- Officers of the Junction City Police Department will be conducting Night Time Seat Belt Enforcement in the downtown area of Junction City on Friday night and Saturday morning, December 14th and 15th. According to Captain Dan Breci, there will be five additional Officers on the street to observe those that are not buckled up and take enforcement action.
Those motorists stopped for traffic violations who are suspected of intoxication, will be given on-site field sobriety test. Confirmed impaired drivers will be arrested.
The State of Kansas requires all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts or depending on age, a child restraint seat. It is a primary violation of the law for a front seat passenger (Driver or Passenger) to not wear their seat belt or not wear it properly. For those 18 years of age or older the fine is $10.00 with no court cost. For children 14 to 17 years old, the fine is $60.00 with no court costs. For children under age 14, the fine is $60.00 with an additional $116.00 for court cost.
On December 7th and 8th, two Officers of the Junction City Police Department stood at the corner of 6th and Washington Streets from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. They arrested a 39 year old male and 18 year old female for DUI, wrote 6 seat belt citations, one no proof of insurance, 5 transporting an open container of alcohol and 3 minor in consumption citations.
The purpose of these patrols, according to Captain Breci, "Is not to Harass motorists, but to increase overall motorists safety." Night Time Seat Belt Enforcement is a Grant from the State of Kansas and all police officers overtime is paid by this grant.