Special School Zone Enforcement Effort Underway
Shannon Williams - Tue 02:50 PM 03/06/2012
Beginning this week, Salina Police and Saline County Sheriff Deputies are joining other law enforcement across Kansas in being extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools.
Beginning this week, Salina Police and Saline County Sheriff Deputies are joining other law enforcement across Kansas in being extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. Officers are specifically looking for drivers who are speeding, texting or failing to buckle up.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, they are combating what has been an epidemic for the past several years. In 2010, 51 teens lost their lives due to car crashes in Kansas; 75% of those killed were not restrained.
In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across Kansas will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around schools. For more than twenty years, officers have educated and warned passengers and drivers regarding the importance of using restraints while in their vehicle.
Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up.
"These young people are our future, and we don't want to lose any one of them in a traffic crash," Colonel Ernest E. Garcia, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, said. "We will actively enforce the traffic laws in, and around, schools in an effort to help everyone travel to and from safely. We care about these young people, and want them to be protected, should they be involved in crash."
The special enforcement effort is scheduled to last a couple of weeks.