‘Click It’ campaign means cops watching for seat belts, more

Starting today, area law enforcement will strictly enforce seat belt, child restraint and other traffic laws during the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, held annually near Memorial Day.

The program ends at midnight June 3.

“It’s for safety,” Sedgwick County sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Wells said Monday. “A lot of people get killed or injured severely by not wearing their seat belts, and we want to prevent that from happening.”

Adults not wearing seat belts will be ticketed $10; citations for children 14 and older are $60 and will be issued to the child, Wells said.

Seat belt violations for children under 14 will be issued to the driver of the vehicle and cost $60 plus $100 in court costs.

Officers wrote more than 850 tickets during 2011 campaign, Wells said. “Click It or Ticket It” is supported with a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, the program’s sponsor.

Wells said most people use restraints properly, but offered these tips for following Kansas seat belt laws:

• Everyone in the front seat must be buckled in properly, including proper placement of shoulder straps.

• Children under age 4 must be secured into an approved child safety seat.

• Children ages 4 through 7 weighing 80 pounds or less and who are shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches tall must be strapped into an approved booster seat.

• Children older than 7 or those meeting height and weight guidelines may be secured with a seat belt only.

• Children under age 14 may not ride in truck beds or other areas in vehicles not intended to carry passengers.