Beginning Feb. 20 through March 3, the Arkansas City Police Department will join other law enforcement agencies in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma with increased enforcement near high schools to raise awareness on roadway safety.
The ACPD says motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States — ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
“Even one teen death is unacceptable,” Ark City Police Chief Eric Burr said in a news release from the department. “Please slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”
ACPD officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether for speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up.
“We’d also like to remind teens that driving is a privilege,” Burr said. “We encourage them to learn about the importance of driving safely.”