Thursday, March 27, 2008
Story last updated at 3/27/2008 - 1:22 am
Cherokee County to amp up traffic enforcement

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Drivers in Cherokee County are warned to be alert to heightened traffic enforcement, beginning March 29 as additional officers of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department will be placed on the roadways to enforce traffic laws.

Those laws include, but are not limited to, drunk driving and Kansas occupant restraint enforcement.

Supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, the officers will be participating in the Kansas ‘Click It or Ticket' enforcement campaign through June 1.

The department warned to look for strict enforcement of the safety belt use and child passenger safety acts. The safety belt use act specifies that all front-seat passengers must be buckled in.

The child passenger safety act authorizes officers to pull over any vehicle suspected of holding a child under the age of 14 who is not properly restrained. It stipulates that children under the age of 4 must be secured in a federally-approved child safety seat; children aged 4 through 7 must be securely belted into an approved booster seat; and children aged 8 through 13 must be safety belted. In addition, the act 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.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department is among 130 law enforcement agencies statewide, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, participating in Click It or Ticket.