Local law enforcement participating in teen seatbelt initiative

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Emporia Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol will join other Kansas Law Enforcement to stop what has been an epidemic of improper teen seatbelt use for the past several years.


Beginning Feb. 24 law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools, looking in particular for teens not buckled up.

In 2012, 43 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 74 percent of those teens were not properly restrained.

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.

This initiative runs through March 7.