“SEAT BELTS ARE FOR EVERYONE” Beginning February 26 thru March 9, the Andover Police Department will once again join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and participate in the 2018 “SAFE” program, to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years.
The “SAFE” program is a teen-run, peer-to-peer initiative focusing on increasing teen restraint compliance through education, positive rewards and enforcement. The program is designed to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seatbelt, therefore reducing the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Kansas teens. The goal of SAFE is to increase seatbelt use among students while providing strong traffic safety messages throughout the school year.
In 2015, 13 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 40% of those teens were NOT PROPERLY RESTRAINED.
In an effort to improve the percentages of teenage seat belt use, law enforcement across the tristate area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than thirty years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle.
There should be no surprises when it comes to this enforcement effort. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting or failing to buckle up. Chief Keller says, “Even one teen death is unacceptable. Please slow down, put the phones away, and always buckle up.”