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Make It “Click” This Thanksgiving


Nov. 8, 2002 (Release 02-137)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News Contact: Rosalie Thornburgh, (785) 296-3756

Make It “Click” This Thanksgiving

As you travel this Thanksgiving holiday, make it a safe one by buckling up your family. Law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force during this Thanksgiving holiday, enforcing occupant protection laws.

The Kansas Clicks mobilization is a stepped-up, coordinated enforcement effort during the Thanksgiving holiday from November 19 to December 2. The Kansas Highway Patrol and 175 local law enforcement agencies will enhance enforcement and public awareness efforts during the two-week time period.

“We know safety belts save lives,” said E. Dean Carlson, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). “Through Kansas Clicks mobilizations we can turn that knowledge into action, and greatly reduce the loss of lives on our state’s streets and highways.”

According to the 2002 KDOT Safety Belt survey, 61 percent of those surveyed, age 14 and older use their seat belt. “The Kansas Clicks STEP program will work to increase those numbers by raising enforcement and education on safety belts throughout the state,” said Carlson.

The Kansas Clicks Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) mobilization, sponsored by KDOT, is a coordinated effort where the Kansas Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will target drivers who are not securing their children in safety seats or belts. Increased patrols to enhance enforcement and public awareness will be utilized during the two-week mobilization. In addition to those efforts the KDOT Safety Belt Education Office will continue to coordinate child passenger safety training and educate Kansans about seat belt issues in order to prevent fatalities and injuries on the roads.

Along with occupant protection enforcement, agencies will target drunk drivers with sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrol activities, aimed at removing impaired drivers from Kansas roadways.

Enforcement mobilizations will be conducted across the state from November 19 to December 2 by more than 150 Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and participating local law enforcement agencies, including police departments, and sheriff’s offices.

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Editor’s note: Attached is the list of more than 150 local law enforcement agencies in the state who will be participating in the Kansas Clicks Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) from November 19 to December 2.

KDOT is a member of the Governor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Council united in the vision that Kansas communities become places where all children are safe, protected, nurtured and supported in reaching their fullest potential.

For more information on the Kansas Clicks Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), or to receive an application for the 2002 Kansas Clicks STEP program, please contact Rosalie Thornburgh at the Kansas Department of Transportation - Bureau of Traffic Safety at 785-296-3756.


STEP 2002 Participating Agencies

Abilene Police Department
Allen County Sheriff Department
Anderson County Sheriffs Department
Arkansas City Police Department
Atchison Police Department
Atchison County Sheriff’s Department
Augusta Department of Public Safety
Baldwin City Police Department
Barber County Sheriff’s Office
Barton County Community College
Barton County Sheriff's Office
Bel Aire Police Department
Belle Plaine Police Department
Belleville Police Department
Benedictine College
Bethany College
Bethel College
Bonner Springs Police Department
Brown County Sheriff's Department
Buhler Police Department
Burlingame Police Department
Burlington Police Department
Butler County Community College
Butler County Sheriff's Office
Caney Police Department
Cawker City Police Department
Chapman Police Department
Cheyenne County Sheriff's Department
Cimarron Police Department
City of Towanda Police Department
Clearwater Police Department
Coffey County Sheriff’s Department
Coffeyville Community College
Coffeyville Police Department
Colby Police Department
Columbus Police Department
Comanche County Sheriff's Department
Cowley County Community College
Crawford County Sheriff’s Department
Derby Police Department
Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department
Dodge City Community College
Dodge City Police Department
Donnelly College
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Eastborough Police Department
Edwardsville Police Department
El Dorado Police Department
Elk County Sheriff's Office
Elkhart Police Department
Ellsworth County Sheriff's Department
Ellsworth Police Department
Emporia Police Department
Erie Police Department
Fairway Police Department
Finney County Sheriff’s Department
Florence Police Department
Ford County Sheriff's Office
Garden City Police Department
Garden Plain Police Department
Gardner Department of Public Safety
Garnett Police Department
Geary County Sheriff's Department
Goessel Police Department
Goodland Police Department
Grandview Plaza Police Department
Gray County Sheriff's Office
Great Bend Police Department
Greeley County Sheriff's Office
Halstead Police Department
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
Harper County Sheriff’s Office
Harvey County Sheriff's Department
Hays Police Department
Haysville Police Department
Hesston Police Department
Hill City Police Department
Hodgeman County Sheriff's Department
Hoisington Police Department
Holcomb Police Department
Holton Police Department
Holyrood Police Department
Hugoton Police Department
Humboldt Police Department
Hutchinson Police Department
Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Johnson County Park Police Department
Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Kansas City, KS Police Department
Kansas Highway Patrol – Entire Agency
Kansas State University Police Department
Kearny County Sheriff's Department
Kickapoo Tribal Police Department
Kingman County Sheriff's Office
Kingman Police Department
Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department
Kiowa Police Department
La Harpe Police Department
Lake Quivira Police Department
Lansing Police Department
Larned Police Department
Lawrence Police Department
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office
Leavenworth Police Department
Leawood Police Department
Lenexa Police Department
Lewis Police Department
Liberal Police Department
Lindsborg Police Department
Little River Police Department
Logan County Sheriff's Office
Louisburg Police Department
Lyndon Police Department
Maize Police Department
Marion County Sheriff's Department
Marion Police Department
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department
Marysville Police Department
McPherson County Sheriff's Office
McPherson Police Department
Meade County Sheriff's Department
Meade Police Department
Medicine Lodge Police Department
Melvern Police Department
Merriam Police Department
Miami County Sheriff's Office
Mid-America Nazarene University Campus Police
Minneapolis Police Department
Mission Police Department
Mitchell County Sheriff's Department
Montgomery County Sheriff Dept.
Moran Police Department
Morris County Sheriff's Department
Morton County Sheriff's Department
Mound City Police Department
Mulvane Police Department
Nemaha County Sheriff's Department
Ness County Police Department
Ness Police Department
Nickerson Police Department
North Newton Police Department
Norton County Sheriff's Department
Oakley Police Department
Olathe Police Department
Osage County Sheriff's Department
Osage Police Department
Osawatomie Police Department
Ottawa Police Department
Overland Park Police Department
Paola Police Department
Park City Kansas Police Department
Parsons Police Department
Peabody Police Department
Perry Police Department
Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department
Pottawatomie Tribal Police Department
Prairie Village Police Department
Pratt County Sheriff's Office
Pratt Police Department
Reno County Sheriff's Department
Republic County Sheriff's Office
Rice County Sheriff's Office
Riley County Police Department
Roeland Park Police Department
Rooks County Sheriff's Department
Russell Police Department
Russell County Sheriff's Department
Sabetha Police Department
Sac and Fox Tribal Police Department
Salina Police Department
Saline County Sheriff's Office
Scammon Police Department
Scott County Sheriff Department
Scott City Police Department
Scranton Police Department
Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department
Seneca Police Department
Seward County Sheriff's Department
Shawnee County Sheriff's Office
Shawnee Police Department
Silver Lake Police Department
South Haven Police Department
South Hutchinson Police Department
Spring Hill Police Department
St. George Police Department
St. Mary's Police Department
Stanton County Sheriff’s Office
Sterling Police Department
Steven County Sheriff's Department
Stockton Police Department
Sumner County Sheriff's Department
Tonganoxie Police Department
Topeka Police Department
Towanda Police Department
Ulysses Police Department
United States Air Force (McConnell AFB)
University of Kansas Police Department
Valley Center Police Department
Washington County Sheriff’s Department
Wathena Police Department
Wichita Police Department
Wilson County Sheriff's Office
Woodson County Sheriff's Office