Halloween is around the corner, but don’t get tricked this year. Merriam police officers will give you a ticket if you or your children aren’t buckled during Halloween week.
It’s part of the state-sponsored “Ticket or Treat.” Officers will patrol local elementary schools and look for seatbelt violators during school drop off and pick up times between Oct. 26-30.
The Merriam Police Department is partnering with the Kansas Department of Transportation. KDOT said when a driver is buckled up, nearly 97% of children are properly buckled. That number drops to 30% if the adult isn’t buckled.
“Be a good example for our youth and wear your seatbelt,” Merriam Police Capt. Chris Brokaw said. “It saves lives.”
A ticket for a seatbelt violation can cost you up to $60 plus court costs – spend that money on extra treats this year.