Kansas law enforcement agencies increasing patrols to make sure drivers are wearing their seat belts

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- You may see extra patrols around your child's school starting Tuesday morning.

Overland Park police say they will join other Kansas law enforcement agencies to try and prevent injuries caused by not wearing a seat belt.

Officers will arrive in the area 30 minutes before and after school Tuesday  to make sure all children are wearing a seat belt.

KDOT is hosting a statewide initiative over the next week to make sure children are buckled up.

Officers will be giving out tickets to anyone not wearing a seat belt Tuesday. Tickets are $60 for anyone under 18-years old not wearing a seat belt.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of the hundreds of crash related deaths in Kansas nearly 70 percent of people were not wearing a seat belt.

According to the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, in 2016 Atchison, Jefferson and Wyandotte Counties all ranked under the state average for drivers wearing their seat belts. Johnson county had the highest percentage of drivers wearing seat belts at 96 percent.

Police say children are much more likely to wear a seat belt if their driver is wearing a seat belt.

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