During the Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign just completed, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office conducted overtime saturation patrol to primarily enforce Kansas’ impaired driving and occupant restraint laws.

From Nov. 19 to 25, officers conducted and issued 16 safety belt citations and one speeding citation along with one other citation. All told, officer made 25 enforcement stops during the campaign.

“The idea behind enforcement campaigns like this is, first and foremost, to save lives and prevent injury in a way that encourages safer driving decisions in the future,” Sgt. Thomas Garner said.

“Safety begins by adopting two very simple and inflexible rules: ‘Absolutely no one rides in my car unless buckled property’ and ‘I don’t ride with a driver who has been drinking, for any reason, even if that driver is me.’ Also remember that, while this particular campaign may be over, the enforcement of occupant restraint and alcohol traffic laws is ongoing,” he said.

The Thanksgiving Safe Arrival enforcement campaign was supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.