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Bucks Rewarded To Drivers Who Buckle Up

Topeka — Thousands of vehicles will be traveling the Kansas roadways during the Labor Day weekend. Many families will head out on one last camping trip or getaway as the school year begins. Safe Kids Kansas, State Farm and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) want to encourage families to buckle up and drive safely to protect their most valuable asset, their families.

This year, August 24 through September 6, a safety belt awareness campaign called “Bucks for Buckles” is being held in 43 cities across Kansas.* One dollar bills are being distributed by local volunteers to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle. Those riding unrestrained will receive educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries.

“No one can predict when they will be involved in a motor vehicle crash, yet almost all of us will be involved in an automobile crash in our lifetime. In 2013, 348 people lost their lives on Kansas roadways and 55 percent of them were unbuckled,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. “The most effective way to protect the lives of you and your passengers is to wear seat belts and use appropriate child restraints every time you ride in the vehicle – even short distances.”

According to the 2013 KDOT Seat Belt Survey, only 81 percent of those surveyed were wearing their seat belts. This compares to the national average of 87 percent. In 2013, Kansas ranked 40th in the nation in seat belt usage.

An average of 92 people die each day in motor vehicle crashes nationally; that’s an average of one death every 16 minutes. “Even with advanced safety technology being integrated into vehicle design, seat belts remain the single most effective device you can use to save your life during a vehicle crash,” said Sage. “They also reduce your chances of having a serious injury by as much as 50 percent. It’s such a simple thing, so take your life into your own hand and buckle up.”

For more information about safety belt or child safety seat use, call 785-296-1223 or visit www.safekidskansas.org, www.safekids.org and www.facebook.com/safekidskansas.

*For a list of Bucks for Buckles sites and coordinator contacts, see the attached file.

About Safe Kids Kansas
Safe Kids Kansas works to prevent childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Coalition members include over 70 statewide organizations, agencies and businesses and a network of local coalitions across the state.

This information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request. For more information about obtaining an alternative format, you may contact Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-1223, or [email protected]. Both speech/hearing disabled and hearing Kansans can access the Kansas Relay Center by calling toll-free 1-800-766-3777. Callers should inform the relay operator of the number they wish to call and the type of call they are making direct, credit card, collect, person-to-person, etc.

Site Coordinator Telephone
Abilene Jeanne` Schantz 785-263-1771
Arkansas City Amber Benavides 620-221-1430
Atchison Rea Laflin, State Farm Agent 913-367-4856
Blue Rapids Tami Stowell, Safe Kids Marshall County 785-562-3485
Burlington Patty Ann Sanborn, State Farm Agent 620-364-5810
Chanute Jennifer Dietsch, State Farm Agent 620-431-4280
Chapman Jeanne` Schantz 785-263-1771
Council Grove Steve Crichton, State Farm Agent 620-767-5819
ElDorado Ronda Lusk, Safe Kids Wichita Area 316-946-5045
Emporia Justin Carr, Safe Kids Emporia 620-757-0308
Eudora Keith Nowland, State Farm Agent 785-542-3276
Frankfort Tami Stowell, Safe Kids Marshall County 785-562-3485
Fredonia Connie Shiverdecker, State Farm Agent 620-378-4347
Hays Brock Whitmore, State Farm Agent 785-650-0693
Herington Steve Crichton, State Farm Agent 620-767-5819
Hillsboro Sondra Mayfield, Safe Kids Marion County 620-382-2550
Hoisington Kathy Burt, State Farm Agent 620-653-2332
Holton Gus Suarez, State Farm Agent 785-364-7055
Humboldt Michelle Hoag, Safe Kids Allen County 620-365-5717
Hutchinson Herchel Crainer, State Farm Agent 620-663-9139
Iola Michelle Hoag, Safe Kids Allen County 620-365-5717
Junction City Karen Jameson, State Farm Agent 785-238-6114
Kansas City Regina Weir, Safe Kids Metro KC 816-283-6242
Lawrence Kurt Goeser, State Farm Agent 785-843-0003
Lincolnville Sondra Mayfield, Safe Kids Marion County 620-382-2550
Manhattan Josh Salmans, State Farm Agent 785-776-8754
Marion Sondra Mayfield, Safe Kids Marion County 620-382-2550
Marysville Tami Stowell, Safe Kids Marshall County 785-562-3485
McPherson Tammie Henson, Safe Kids McPherson County 620-242-3232
Meade Tammy Bird, Safe Kids Meade County 620-873-5568
Moran Michelle Hoag, Safe Kids Allen County 620-365-5717
Neodesha Connie Shiverdecker, State Farm Agent 620-325-2938
Newton Todd Barnes, State Farm Agent 316-283-6226
Osage City Jodi Stark, State Farm Agent 785-578-4525
Overland Park Katie Schatte, Safe Kids Johnson County 913-477-8312
Pittsburg Lori Ann Spachek, State Farm Agent 620-232-2027
Plains Tammy Bird, Safe Kids Meade County 620-873-5568
Seneca Tom Hilbert, State Farm Agent 785-336-2250
Shawnee Nick Reed, State Farm Agent 913-422-0123
Topeka Jamie Hornbaker 785-267-5613
Yates Center Patty Ann Sanborn, State Farm Agent 620-364-5810
Wamego Michele Jacobs, State Farm Agent 785-456-6512
Wichita Ronda Lusk, Safe Kids Wichita Area 316-946-5045
2014 Bucks for Buckles Sites

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