Topeka, Kan. (WIBW) - You can earn an extra dollar just for buckling up over the Labor Day Weekend.
"Bucks for Buckles" is taking place in 56 cities across Kansas. Volunteers are handing out dollar bills to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in the vehicle. Those riding unrestrained will receive educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries.
"No one can predict when they will be involved in a motor vehicle crash, yet almost all of us will be involved in an automobile crash in our lifetime. Last year, 382 people lost their lives on Kansas roadways and 50 percent of them were unbuckled," said Cherie Sage, State Director For Safe Kids Kansas. "The single most effective means of protecting the lives of you and your passengers is wearing seat belts and using appropriate child restraints every time you ride in the vehicle - even short distances."
Only 83 percent of those surveyed ages 14 and older were wearing their seat belt according to the 2011 KDOT Safety Belt survey. The national average is around 84 percent. Kansas is ranked 36th in the nation for seat belt usage.
Some of the cities participating include: Abilene, Blue Rapids, Chapman, Council Grove, Emporia, Holton, Junction City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Marysville, Osage City and Wamego
The event runs through September 8.