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Starting Saturday, the fine for not wearing a seat belt in Kansas will triple.

Kansas’ current seat belt fine -- $10 -- is one of the lowest in the country. State legislators passed a law this session raising the fine to $30.

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With a major winter storm expected to hit parts of Kansas Friday evening, officials are offering residents tips on how to stay safe this weekend.

Sedgwick County officials suggest having enough food and water on hand to last through the storm. They also recommend having a power outage plan that includes identifying a safe place to stay and making sure generators are fueled.

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You’ll be seeing new license plates on Kansas Highway Patrol troopers’ vehicles this year.

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the Kansas Highway Patrol. To mark the milestone, the agency issued new license plates for troopers’ vehicles across the state.

Trooper Stephen LaRow says the new tags feature a redesigned KHP badge and bolder colors.

"They are a black and blue color scheme with the black as the silhouette of the state of Kansas with a blue line going through it, and it has the trooper’s radio number on it," LaRow says.

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Next year, there will be 34 new Kansas Highway Patrol troopers on the job throughout the state. It’s the largest class the Patrol has graduated in 14 years.

Slow Down: KHP Patrolling For Speeding This Weekend

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The Kansas Highway Patrol will be extra vigilant in stopping drivers for speeding this weekend. The special enforcement will run from Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25.

The department says law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers breaking traffic laws by speeding, texting, driving while impaired or not wearing a seatbelt. The patrols will take place on city streets, rural roads and state and federal highways.

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It could soon cost slightly more to register vehicles in Kansas. Lawmakers have approved a bill that would increase vehicle registration fees to help fund the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Republican Rep. Virgil Peck opposes the move, because he says they could divert existing registration money instead of adding the new $3.25 fee.

“We have a way to fund it other than this increase. I do not support increasing vehicle registration fees on Kansas vehicle owners by nearly $10 million,” Peck said.

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A Kansas House committee is considering bills that would bolster funding for the Highway Patrol with the goal of hiring more state troopers.

The proposals would either divert current registration fees to the Kansas Highway Patrol or add a new $2 fee to help hire 75 troopers over three years. Patrol Superintendent Colonel Mark Bruce says the current shortage means they can’t respond to every call, so local police departments have to pick up the slack.

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Gov. Sam Brownback will deliver his sixth State of the State address this evening in Topeka.

He’ll be laying the groundwork for this year’s legislative session. The state is facing a massive budget shortfall for the next fiscal year--but the Kansas Highway Patrol is already asking for a spending increase.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is asking lawmakers to increase the vehicle title fee to pay for more troopers.

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Kansas law enforcement officers plan to increase patrols this week to encourage drivers to be aware of child car safety as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Parents can expect to see officers at elementary and middle schools through Friday. The officers will be making sure kids are properly buckled up and are using the correct car seat, booster seat or seat belt. Anyone not obeying Kansas laws pertaining to child safety will be issued a citation.

Governor Brownback and other state and law enforcement officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Kansas Highway Patrol headquarters.

Kechi, just north of Wichita, will be the future home of both the south-central area patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The new facility will replace the current location in Wichita, and it's being paid for with asset forfeiture funds.

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