by Alejandra Rojas
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
9:25 PM CST, March 7, 2013
(DODGE CITY, Kan.)
Some Kansas police officers will be heading to back to school, but it's not for class.
They'll be patrolling around schools enforcing seat belt laws.
Dodge City police are participating and will begin the extra enforcement next Monday.
In addition to looking for people not buckling up, they'll also being watching for other traffic violations, like speeding or texting while driving.
"We just want people to drive in a safe manner and they have the proper safety restraints on so that when they get into an accident, because accidents do happen, that they all have a high likelihood of coming out uninjured because they were wearing the seat belt,"> Craig Mellecker, Dodge City Police Chief.
Last year, 43 kansas teens were killed in car crashes. Most of these were not wearing a seat belt.
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