Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation the Kansas Highway Patrol along with more than 100 other Law Enforcement Agencies will participate in a crackdown against drunk driving.
"Interstates are our primary focus but we'll be anywhere that we have indications that there is a high (number) of drunk drivers," said Technical Trooper Tim McCool.
According to KDOT in Kansas on an average day six people are killed or injured in alcohol related crashes. The cost for these accidents is $500 million in lost productivity, medical costs, property damage, and other expenditures. The Drunk Driving Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign hopes to make those who drink think twice and have a designated driver.
The consequences for getting caught have intensified as well. "Any alcohol related offense is now a permanent feature of your driving record. So, where things used to rotate off after awhile, that's no longer true," says McCool.
"We're not saying, 'Don't drink before traveling,' just use a sober driver (not less drunk) when you do. We want you to have the 'designated habit. And always remember: everyone's best protection against a drunk driver is to wear their seat belt and properly restrain their kids - every trip, any time. It works and it's the law," said Captain Steve Zeller. Zeller is the Troop B Commander of the KHP.
To hear why they have decided to have this campaign now click on the video icon at the top of this story.