"Click It. Or Ticket." annual seat-belt campaign underway in KS

Ted Woodward
May 21, 2019 - 1:09 pm



Kicking off one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year, the national "Click It. Or Ticket." seat-belt enforcement campain is underway for the next two weeks. It began on Monday, spans the Memorial Day weekend, then wraps up on Sunday, June 2.

Across Kansas, more than 300 motorists die each year in car crashes, and about 54% of those victims were not wearing seat belts. This month, more than 180 law enforcement agencies across Kansas are cracking down on motorists not wearing their seat belts.

84% of Kansans wear seat belts, which is below the national average of 90%; each year, it's estimated that seat-belt use saves about 13,000 lives nationwide.

Men wear seat belts at a lower rate than women; 51% of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 39% of women.

59% of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2017 were not buckled; that's compared to 42% of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed.

Regarding seat-belt use in Kansas, pick-up truck drivers, young adults, and males are among some of the worst offenders, and most at-risk.

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