Starting Monday, and continuing through March 5, the Cowley County Sheriff’s Dept. will take part in a multi-state seat belt enforcement effort aimed at teen drivers.
During that time, deputies will patrol near high schools in Winfield, Ark City and Burden high schools to enforce seat belt usage. Officers will also issue citations for speeding and texting while driving.
The effort in Kansas is coordinated through the Kansas Dept. of Transportation traffic safety section. Agencies in Missouri and Oklahoma will also make similar efforts.
In 2015, officials said, 13 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas. Forty percent of those teens were not properly restrained.
“Even one teen death is unacceptable,” Cowley County Sheriff Dave Falletti said in a written statement announcing the enforcement effort. “Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up."