Click It. Or Ticket. enforcement starts next week

(Photo: Seat Belt Solutions)

TOPEKA, Kan. Starting Monday (May 20), law enforcement agencies across Kansas will be participating in what the Kansas Highway Patrol says is a "no-excuses approach to saving lives."

The annual Click it. Or Ticket, seat-belt enforcement focuses on highway safety through Memorial Day Weekend.

"Tickets will be issued to unbuckled occupants as a harsh reminder of the importance of seat-belt use at all times," the KHP says.

The KHP says more than 50 percent of people killed in crashes in 2017 were not wearing seat belts.

"Many of those individuals could have survived the car crash if they had only worn their seat belt," the KHP says.

The Click. It. or Ticket campaign starts May 20 and runs through June 2.

“The Click it. Or Ticket. campaign isn’t about issuing citations, it’s about saving lives,” says Technical Trooper Ben Gardner, of the Kansas Highway Patrol “Too many people die in motor vehicle crashes who could have survived if they had only buckled up.”

In 2018, the KHP says seat-belt usage in Kansas was 84 percent, below the national average of 90 percent. This is according to the National Highway Traffic Administration.