Derby police issued 90 citations during the 13 days of the statewide Click It Or Ticket enforcement.
Of the 90 citations, 78 were adult seat belt violations, one was a child restraint violation, three were speeding citations and eight others were miscellaneous traffic violations, according to Derby Police Chief Robert Lee. No arrests were made, he said.
The enforcement was highly visible this year, at multiple locations:
• Madison and Baltimore, May 22;
• Rock and Madison, May 24;
• Washington and Baltimore, May 30;
• Woodlawn and Kay, June 1.
The Sedgwick County sheriff’s Department stopped 689 vehicles and issued 610 seat belt violations during the same time period. Deputies also issued 18 child restraint tickets and 99 citations for other infractions and two people were arrested for driving under the influence.
The objective of the program is to educate Kansans, increase seat belt usage and reduce the number of people injured in traffic accidents.
“Our goal is to encourage more people to buckle up as this is a tangible way to impact the number of people injured in traffic accidents,” Lee said.
Since 2005 seat belt usage in Sedgwick County has increased from 69 percent to 89 percent, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Residents driving on city streets in Kansas has risen in the same time from 63 percent to 80 percent.
A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation funds the enforcement. Lee said local officers worked nearly 29 hours of overtime during the effort and KDOT will reimburse the city for the expense.
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