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May 14, 2013

Police, deputies to aggressively enforce seat belt, child restraint laws

Wichita police will join law enforcement agencies statewide in aggressively enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws from Monday through June 2.

Wichita police will join law enforcement agencies statewide in aggressively enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws from Monday through June 2.

More than 140 agencies will take part in the campaign, which is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The adult compliance rate for seat belt use is 80 percent statewide, ranging by county from 66 to 89 percent, according to KDOT. Almost half of those killed in crashes are not belted in, KDOT reported.

Law enforcement officers can stop vehicles and issue tickets when they see front seat occupants, or children under the age of 14, riding without proper restraint, KDOT said.

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