The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, along with other area police agencies, will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, held November 24-30.
A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation will enable our Agency to have more officer presence on streets and highways to aggressively enforce Kansas’s traffic laws. They will be especially vigilant for impaired drivers and children, teens, and adults who are not buckled up.
In Kansas, nearly six persons every day are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes. Almost 18,000 DUI (driving under the influence) arrests were made last year in Kansas and great efforts are being made at all levels of government to increase both the number of arrests and the number of convictions.
Those who do not buckle up are about 12 times more likely to be killed and almost twice as likely to suffer injury as those who do buckle up. The fact is that injuries suffered by those who are unbuckled are likely to be much more severe and disabling than those suffered when an occupant is restrained.
The Sheriff's Office said in a statement, “A couple of things to keep in mind: If you are going to be drinking – any amount – don’t consider driving home; arrange to ride with a non-drinking driver. Don’t take the chance… and Always, Always wear your seatbelt and make sure each person riding with you is restrained – it is your best defense…. and it’s the law. We hope our efforts encourage safer driving decisions in the future. We will continue to do all we can to ensure that drivers in Shawnee County are as safe as we can help them to be."