Wichita Patrol South writes 146 tickets in five hours

It’s easy to write tickets for seat belt violations in Wichita. Just ask the officers from Patrol South.

Officers on Wednesday evening walked out of their substation at Pawnee and Broadway, and for five hours stopped 123 vehicles by flagging them down.

They wrote 118 tickets for seat belt violations, five tickets for not having proper child restraints, four tickets for drivers license violations (not having a driver’s license), 18 tickets for no proof of insurance, and one ticket for having an open container of alcohol.

“We take safety very seriously, and seat belts save lives,” Lt. Doug Nolte said.

The Patrol East substation plans to do a similar effort on Saturday, Nolte said. The police have done this kind of crackdown several times over the past few weeks, using grant money from the Kansas Department of Transportation to pay overtime to the officers writing these tickets.

“We will do more of these,” Nolte said.