BAXTER SPRINGS, KS.--- The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is launching an effort to keep teens safer on the road. Starting Monday, the sheriff's office will join other Kansas law enforcement to stop what they say has been an epidemic for the last several years. Officials say 74% of teens who lost their lives or were injured in car wrecks in the state of Kansas were not wearing a seatbelt. That's why law enforcement is increasing patrols in and around school zones, watching for people who have not buckled up. The effort is part of a student-run seatbelt program called "SAFE" which stands for "Seatbelts Are For Everyone."
"We really want students to make sure they buckle up and so we teach them the importance and then we have to follow up with the enforcement for those that still aren't buckling up," said David Groves, Cherokee County Sheriff.
Officers will also be looking for drivers who are texting behind the wheel and speeding.
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