Enforcement beefing up
As Kansas roads fill with holiday travelers going to and from their destinations this week, law enforcement organizations across the state are increasing their efforts to stop drunk driving and encourage safety.
The law enforcers, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, are participating in the annual Special Traffic Enforcement Program, courtesy of a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The Highway Patrol and other agencies will focus on impaired drivers, child passenger safety laws and seat belt use among travelers of all ages.
During the 2009 Thanksgiving reporting period, there were 590 collisions, resulting in 153 injuries and six deaths. Of these crashes, 44 were alcohol related, resulting in 30 injuries and four deaths.
The Highway Patrol reminds motorists not to drink and drive, and not to let friends or family members drive while impaired. Anyone consuming alcohol is urged to call a friend, family member or taxi service for a sober ride home, or make plans to have a sober ride home before going to holiday parties.