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April 10, 2012 Sergeant Grant Ruark
Traffic Enforcement Unit
Police cite 88 in youth seat belt enforcement campaign
The Kansas City Missouri Police Department conducted 88 traffic violation stops during an aggressive youth seat belt enforcement campaign.
KCPD joined other law enforcement agencies from across the state for the campaign in the last two weeks of March. During the campaign, officers worked 45 hours around area high schools targeting drivers who were not wearing their seat belts while committing other violations.
Officers conducted 88 traffic violation stops and issued 55 citations for speeding, 33 citations for seat belt violations and 38 other citations for various violations.
Only 67 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Eight out of ten teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
“We’ve got to work harder to get our young people buckled up,” said Sergeant Grant Ruark of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. “Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash, and too many young people still do not wear them regularly. We want everyone to ‘Arrive Alive.’”