Trucks on Patrol for Safety

Kansas Highway Patrol is using semi trucks to help them keep the roadways safe by installing hidden cameras.

Courtesy: MackTrucks.com

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Reducing highway deaths is the goal of the Kansas Highway Patrol's program known as "Trucks on Patrol for Safety," or TOPS.

The statistics show that a majority of injuries and deaths involving semi's on Kansas highways are actually caused by passenger vehicles.

If you thought patrol cars were the only way to enforce the rules of the road, think again. That semi next to you on the highway could be equipped with hidden cameras.

"It's things like driving in a blind spot, following too close, passing with not enough clearance: those are the primary factors," said KHP Captain Dan Meyer. "You've got to give them room to work."

"The overall fatality picture when factoring in property damage, injury collisions have higher numbers in metro areas for obvious reasons, but serious injury and fatality accidents are occurring all across the state."

If you'd like to have a heads up on where the increased enforcement will target next week, KHP says they're not releasing that information until next week.

The TOPS program is federally funded and supported by many partnering freight companies.

This is the program's second year and it has been renewed for next year.


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