Police to step up seat belt enforcement near schools

By The Mercury

RCPD officials announced that patrol officers are going to be extra vigilant in patrolling around schools beginning Monday, in an effort to address the problem of teens not wearing seatbelts.

Capt. Tim Hegarty said that in 2010, 51 teens died in car crashes in Kansas and that 75 percent of those killed were not wearing seatbelts.

He said RCPD officers will focus their attention in the area of Riley County High School before and after school and that officers will be watching closely for seat belt violations, though, he said, they will also stop and cite for all observed traffic infractions.

Hegarty said the issue is being addressed by law enforcement agencies across the state.

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