The annual crackdown on motorists not wearing their seat belts can sometimes lead to other things, Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong said. This week, one of his deputies stopped an unbuckled motorist and wound up arresting that person for driving with a suspended license.
Lieutenant Brian Bellendir said Barton County patrol officers are in the midst of the two-week "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which continues through June 5. According to the Associated Press, nearly 150 Kansas law enforcement agencies are participating in the annual campaign.
Sometimes people stopped for seat belt violations have outstanding warrants, Armstrong said, but the primary goal of the annual crackdown is to encourage seat belt use. "It’s a good thing to enforce."
At the Great Bend Police Department, Lieutenant Scott Bieberle coordinates Click It Or Ticket. "We are short-handed but we are participating," Bieberle said Wednesday.
Agencies receive grant money from Click It Or Ticket, so officers can be paid to work extra hours. Great Bend officers come in on their days off and watch specifically for traffic violations, Bieberle said.