Kansas kicks off 'Click it. Or ticket' campaign

Published: May. 16, 2017 at 1:15 PM CDT
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With school getting out and more families looking to take vacations, The Kansas Highway Patrol kicked off it's 'Click it. Or ticket' campaign.

From May 22 - June 4, law enforcement across Kansas will crack down on seat belt use.

An average of nearly 100 people die every day in car crashes. In 2015, twice as many people were killed in a car crash than were murdered.

Sure you can get a citation for not wearing a seat belt, but that's not what this campaign is about. It's about saving lives.

But unless these crashes are real for you, history shows most of us won't change.

It's real for Kansan Vonnie Rickerson who teamed up with KHP to share her story of when she was eight years old and came upon a crash.

"The driver was not wearing a seat belt, and the impact of the of the crash caused the driver to fly forward, hitting the steering wheel. It dislodged her heart and she died instantly. The driver of the vehicle was my mom," said Rickerson who now lives in Fort Scott, Kansas.

While law enforcement take the next two weeks cracking down on seat belt enforcement, officers hope you, me, all of us learn from Rickerson's story, and buckle up.

The click it or ticket campaign runs from May 22 to June 4th. Expect to see more law enforcement out to crack down on people not wearing a seat belt. In 2015 - national seat belt use was 88.5 percent.