Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming join forces to increase seat belt use across state lines State law enforcement agencies and state transportation departments from Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming are partnering to remind travelers to buckle up. The State2State Buckle up campaign want travelers to stay buckled no matter what state they are in or how far they are going. Be a good neighbor and buckle up. The summer-long campaign launches alongside the start of the national Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, which started on Friday, May 21 and continues through Monday, May 31.  The current seat belt use rate is 85% in Kansas, which is below the national average of 90%. In 2019, there were 411 traffic fatalities and 230 of those had unbuckled occupants. To help make Kansas roads a safer place, the Kansas Highway Patrol encourages all drivers and passengers to do their part and buckle up no matter which state they call home.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts reduce the risk of injury or death in a crash by 50%. “As the summer season begins, we will see an increase in travelers across our state. We want all travelers in Kansas to be safe and buckle up. Buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to prevent injury or death in a crash,” said Colonel Herman T. Jones, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Click It or Ticket Day and Night High-visibility seat belt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2019, 55% of passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.  Click It or Ticket is not about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. We need to step up seat belt enforcement day and night to help prevent crash fatalities.  Learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.   ###