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Patrol to participate in Labor Day STEP campaign

With the Labor Day holiday fast approaching, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be participating in the second Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) campaign of the year. STEP campaigns are special enforcements, funded by KDOT, in which officers can work additional hours during high-travel holiday periods.

The Labor Day STEP campaign runs from Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, through Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. KHP will be out actively looking for impaired drivers as part of the “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign.  Troopers will also be looking for those not wearing seatbelts or not using child safety seats; those texting; and any others violating Kansas laws.

During the 2013 Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 378 crashes statewide (worked by all Kansas law enforcement agencies). Five people were killed in these crashes, and 154 were injured. Of the total crashes, 29 were alcohol-related. Two of the five fatal crashes were alcohol-related. The reporting period was from 6 p.m. the Friday prior to the holiday, through 11:59 p.m. the Monday of Labor Day.

With many celebrations across the state, drivers should make sure they are designating a sober driver. KHP reminds motorists to wear their seatbelts and use the correctly fitted child safety seats, as they are the best defense in a crash.

Anyone in need of assistance on a Kansas highway can call KHP for assistance at *47 (*HP) or *582 (*KTA) for the Kansas Turnpike.

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