Child seat-belt check Sept. 14-18

From Sept. 14-18, Kansas law enforcement agencies, including the Hillsboro Police Department, will conduct seat-belt enforcement checks around elementary and middle schools.

Officers will issue citations to anyone who does not obey Kansas ?Buckle Up? laws.

?We conduct a seat-belt check every year, although not always during a specified week,? said Dan Kinning, HPD chief. ?The sheriff?s office will be conducting one through the Centre School District, but I don?t know about the rest of the agencies in Marion County.?

In 2014, 28 children, ages 0-17 years old, were killed because of car crashes in Kansas, according to the Kansas Department of Transpor?tation. Half were not wearing seat belts, while eight children were ejected from the vehicle.

?Even one child?s death is unacceptable,? said Dave Corp, KDOT law enforcement liaison. ?Please slow down, especially in school zones, eliminate the distractions and always buckle up.?

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