Enforcement campaign underway to remind Kansans of seatbelt use for Thanksgiving travel

Law enforcement agencies across Kansas will be out in force between now and the end of the holiday weekend making sure you are wearing your seatbelt.

“We want to take this opportunity to remind them to buckle up, every trip, every time,” said Chris Bortz with the Kansas Department of Transportation. “No matter the distance. You were talking about just going across town or down the street to Grandma’s house or whether you’re going to western Kansas or somewhere else, it’s so important to wear your seatbelt.”

The statistics are clear, buckling up saves lives.

“About 50 percent of fatalities are unbelted,” said Bortz. “You just never know what’s going to happen on the roads. Your best defense in the event of a crash is to have your seatbelt on.”

Federal money has been disbursed to agencies across the country so additional personnel can be on the road.

“We get a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to target driver behavior,” said Bortz. “We’re going to have law enforcement out on overtime across the state. We’re also trying to engage our media partners the best that we can. There’s going to be a small media buy that goes out with this, too, reminding folks of the importance of belt use. Every time you get into the vehicle, the point is to get to your destination safely.”

If weather conditions are less than ideal, give yourself extra time to get where you are going and be sure to buckle up.