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June 5, 2012 Sergeant Grant Ruark
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Police cite 221 for seat belt violations in Click It or Ticket
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department cited hundreds of drivers in the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization that was conducted May 21 through June 3.
During the mobilization, officers worked more than 250 hours of special overtime targeting speeders, aggressive drivers and those who were not wearing their seat belts. Officers stopped more than 600 vehicles and issued 386 speeding citations, 221 citations for seat belt violations and dozens of citations for other traffic-related infractions.
“If the public thinks that seat belt enforcement in Kansas City begins at the start of Click It or Ticket and ends when the mobilization is over they’re wrong,” said Sgt. Grant Ruark of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. “We put extra officers on the roadways during this event but our department consistently enforces the seat belt and child restraint laws throughout the year. Putting your seat belt on is such a simple thing to do and yet there are those who resist doing it or just forget. We constantly see the devastating results.”
Seven out of ten people who die in traffic crashes are unbuckled and Missouri’s usage rate is well below the national average of 85 percent.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com