WICHITA — Local law enforcement officers will be keeping a keen eye on drivers traveling for the holiday season.
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Officers will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Mobilization, beginning today and lasting through Sunday. Deputies will be "especially vigilant" in finding drivers who are impaired and occupants who are not wearing seat belts, Sgt. Troy Wells said in a prepared statement.
Wichita police will conduct a special traffic assignment focusing on drunk driving and speeding on Wednesday and Thursday.
State law requires all front seat passengers to be buckled in and allows law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle if a person in the vehicle is observed to not be wearing a seat belt.
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Children under the age of 4 must be secured in a federally approved child safety seat. Children between 4 and 7 must be securely belted into an approved booster seat, and children from 8 to 13 must be safety belted.
More than five people a day are killed or injured in alcohol-related accidents, Wells said.