During the campaign, officers will cite motorists and their passengers if they're not wearing a seat belt.
The Governor's Highway Safety Program's 2017 annual Seat Belt Survey reported that 91.4 percent of front seat drivers and passengers wear their seat belt.
The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign is part of a national initiative aimed at reducing traffic fatalities and saving lives.
Kansas ranks towards the bottom one-third in seat belt usage among all 50 states. The child passenger restraint law requires children under four years of age to ride in a child safety seat, and children between the ages of four and eight years to ride in either a child safety seat or a booster seat.
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"Wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash", said Harris. During the week of "Click It or Ticket", participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt enforcement, writing citations day and night. Slightly less than 94 percent of drivers in Spokane County use their seat belts.
"Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash". If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning.
"If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits", said Lt. Williams.
Research has been found that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger auto occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.