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Seatbelt Crackdown Yields No Citations

Posted 3/8/2017

By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Burrton Police just wrapped up a two-week campaign focusing on driver safety in school zones. Police were on the lookout for people not wearing seatbelts, texting while driving or speeding around the schools from Feb. 20 to March 5.

Police Chief David Becker said his department spent about 20 hours altogether on lookout in school zones during the campaign. This broke down to two hours each school day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

No citations were issued during the campaign, although Becker said police did stop several drivers for minor infractions like driving the wrong direction on a one-way street and having a burnt-out taillight.

Becker said he believes having events like this re-enforces safe driving habits.

“I think it’s helped out a lot already in the past few years we’ve been doing this,” he said.

The campaign was part of a larger effort by law enforcement agencies across Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to educate drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing seatbelts.

Police had sent word out to the schools in advance of the campaign, and the schools had passed the message along to parents.

Burrton Police will be holding a similar crackdown across the entire city in May and June.