The Arkansas City Police Department will conduct a daytime seat belt enforcement initiative Friday morning to enforce seat belt use and other Kansas laws. From 11am to noon Friday, officers will check drivers for seat belt compliance. They also will check occupants of vehicles for seat belt, lap belt and child restraint violations. If officers observe other violations involving a certain vehicle, they may stop that vehicle too. This daytime seat belt enforcement initiative is designed to encourage the use of seat belts and child restraints, with a goal to increase motorist safety and overall seat belt usage in the City limits. Statistics show that almost half of those killed in crashes each year on Kansas roads are not belted in, according to the
Kansas Department of Transportation, while at the same time, 98 percent of crash occupants who suffer no injuries of any kind are belted in safely.