Officers stepping up patrols to educate teens about seat belt safety

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SHAWNEE, Kan. --Shawnee police will be out in force Monday as they try to educate teens about seat belt safety.

The two-week safety campaign is not only in Kansas but also Missouri and Oklahoma.

Statistics show that teenagers are less likely to buckle up when compared to adults.

Shawnee police will patrol area high schools such as Mill Valley to try to educate teen drivers about wearing seat belts. The two-week effort lasts through March 13.

Police will be looking not only for the driver to be buckled up but also the passengers. If they are not properly restrained, the officers will be writing them a ticket.

Statistics show that seat belts can save lives in the case of a traffic accident.

If you get a ticket in Kansas, depending on where you are, it could cost you anywhere from $5 to $60.