Updated: Dec 1, 2021
MOUND CITY – Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend announced on Monday, Nov. 8, that his department would join in a statewide effort to aggressively enforce seat belt laws over the Thanksgiving holiday.
"Beginning Saturday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will join many other law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas 'Thanksgiving Safe Arrival' traffic enforcement campaign," Friend said in a release. "Although all Kansas traffic laws will be enforced, this extra provision will be aggressively enforcing our occupant protection laws.
"While the objective of this campaign is to target the unbelted and incorrectly restrained, we also provide education that serves as a reminder that buckling up saves lives."
The sheriff asked motorists to keep in mind that if they are going for a drive – anywhere at all– they don't even consider putting the vehicle into drive until they and all passengers are properly restrained.
The additional overtime required to implement the "Thanksgiving Safe Arrival" program comes from a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.