Authorities Gear Up For Seatbelt Campaign

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Click it or ticket is the warning for those who drive without wearing seatbelts.

The Kansas Dept. of Transportation detailed its upcoming safety campaign in a news conference May 9 at the Law Enforcement Center in Topeka.

The campaign runs May 20 to June 2. Shawnee Co. Sheriff Herman Jones says law enforcement will target drivers who fail to buckle up.

Among speakers at the news conference was Heather Tice, who now used a wheelchair. She says a seatbelt could have changed her life for the better.

"I got into a car with an underage driver and didn't buckle up," she said. "We were going down a country road at 70 to 75 miles an hour and she hit a tree. I broke my neck on impact from not wearing that seat belt and I've had a spinal cord injury ever since."

Sheriff Jones says 83 percent of Shawnee County residents now wear a seatbelt.


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