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Local Authorities Stress Importance of Seat Belt Use

Seat BeltNow through March 7, the Russell Police Department and the Russell County Sheriff's Office will join other Kansas Law Enforcement to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years - lack of seat belt use in vehicles.

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

In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools.

For more than twenty years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle.

Officers will issue warnings or citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, failing to buckle up, or other traffic violations.

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