COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, along with other Kansas law enforcement agencies, will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists, Oct. 30 through Nov 3.

“Last year in Kansas, 44 children between the ages of 0-19 were senselessly killed due to car crashes,” said Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. “Making sure kids are properly buckled up every time they get into a vehicle is possibly the best prevention of serious injury or death a parent can give their child.”

According to the 2017 Kansas observational seatbelt survey, children are much more likely to be buckled up if the driver is wearing their seatbelt. If the driver is buckled, about 98 percent of the children are restrained. That number drops dramatically to only 29 percent if the driver is not buckled up.

“If parents and older siblings set the example of buckling their seatbelts, 2017 will hopefully be a safer year for Kansas kids,” said Sheriff Groves.