Buckle Up Kansas!
May 19, 2003 Release 03-049
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rosalie Thornburgh or Pati Pomeroy
KDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety: (785) 296-3756
Buckle Up Kansas!
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) wants to remind all motorists
to buckle up and drive safely. The Kansas Clicks Buckle Up America! Week and
the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) wave is May 19-June 1, 2003.
Kansas Clicks Buckle Up America! Week is being promoted in Kansas with safety
belt check lanes and child passenger safety check up events. These events bring
together all aspects of the safety belt program in Kansas - education, enforcement,
The enforcement aspect of the program involves STEP - Special Traffic Enforcement
Program, with participating local law enforcement agencies across the state.
The STEP program helps pay overtime for officers enforcing the Kansas occupant
protection laws for children and adults. In addition to the STEP activities,
Buckle Up America! Week is a nationally coordinated effort to step up enforcement
of occupant protection laws.
“KDOT will help spread the message that unbuckled drivers and passengers
are at risk, costing all of us lives and dollars – costs that society
just cannot afford,” said Deb Miller, Secretary of KDOT. “We feel
the best way to prevent these needless tragedies is through education and strong
support for enforcement of Kansas’ laws, protecting children and adults.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), safety
belts have been proven to be effective and are estimated to have saved 12,144
occupants killed in fatal crashes involving a passenger car, light truck, or
large truck, were unrestrained. Of the 436 vehicle occupant fatalities in 2001,
an estimated 334 were totally unrestrained.
“Adults who don’t buckle up are sending a deadly message to children
that it’s all right not to use safety belts,” said Miller. “Studies
have shown that when a driver is unbuckled, 70 percent of the time children
in that vehicle will not be buckled either. Everyone is part of the solution,
and by buckling your safety belt, Kansas Clicks.”
Participating agencies include the Kansas Highway Patrol, the police departments
of Waterville, Oberlin, Leavenworth, Lenexa, Erie, Maize, Lansing, Humboldt,
Overland Park, Galena, Osawatomie, Frontenac, El Dorado, Concordia, Merriam,
Towanda, Wichita, Salina, Enterprise, Topeka, Olathe, Bel Aire, Sterling, Kansas
City, McPherson, Holton, Holcomb, Russell, Park City, Roeland, Pratt, Andover,
Eastborough, Columbus, Lyons, Emporia, Baldwin City, Baxter Springs, Prairie
Village, Scranton, Wathena, Winfield, Horton, Lindsborg, Shawnee, Garden Plain,
Holyrood, Hutchinson, Little River, Hoisington, Derby, Haysville, St. Mary’s,
Beloit, Claflin, Hoxie, Conway Springs, Coffeyville, Ellsworth, Marysville,
Tonganoxie, Garden City, and Hays.
Also participating will be the sheriff’s offices in the following counties;
Ellis, Leavenworth, Allen, Mitchell, Rooks, Cheyenne, Cherokee, Doniphan, Hodgeman,
Linn, Saline, Butler, Haskell, Morton, Barton, Meade, Seward, Cloud, McPherson,
Franklin, Russell, Chase, Shawnee, Greeley, Logan, Johnson, Rush, Montgomery,
Ellsworth, Riley, Jackson, Miami, Ford, Sedgwick, Atchison, Geary, Wilson, and