PITTSBURG, KS – The Pittsburg Police Department will be actively participating in the 2021 Kansas Click It or Ticket campaign beginning on May 21, 2021, and continuing through May 31, 2021. Our department will be joining 180 other Kansas law enforcement agencies in aggressively enforcing occupant restraint laws. Travelers in the Pittsburg city limits can expect increased police presence on city streets.
The aim of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in traffic crashes. About 345 persons are involved in 170 crashes each day in Kansas. Only 7% of those that are unbelted are likely to escape without injury. Half of all fatalities occur among those who are not wearing a seat belt.
During this campaign, drivers will be met with extra enforcement of both the Kansas Safety Belt Use Act and the Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act. These statutes require that all vehicle occupants must be appropriately restrained. In addition, Kansas law prohibits persons under the age of 14 from riding in any part of a vehicle not intended for carrying passengers, such as a pickup bed. For answers to child safety restraint questions and the location of the nearest safety seat fitting station, or safety seat technician, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-800-416-2522, or write email@example.com. For information on the car seat distribution program visit www.safekidskansas.org.
In response to this campaign, Police Chief Brent Narges made the following statement, “First, I want to thank the drivers that take their safety seriously and buckle up every trip. I also want people to know that day or night, The Pittsburg Police Department is committed to aggressively ticketing violators of adult seat belt and child safety laws, as well as other traffic infractions, which make the need for occupant restraint so necessary”.
The Pittsburg Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our community through active enforcement of traffic laws and through the prevention of criminal activity in our community. Anyone with information concerning criminal activity is urged to contact the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231 -1700, or at our tip line, 620-231 -TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.