KHP plans extra patrol during Memorial Day enforcement campaign

The peak of summer travel across our nation’s highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours from May 18 until May 31. This additional coverage comes thanks to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely.

“The Patrol is dedicated to helping save lives on Kansas highways,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We will enforce the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws as a way to help prevent fatalities on our roads. One death is one too many.”

The STEP program allows officers to work overtime hours, providing extra manpower on the roads and focusing on areas such as occupant protection, enforcing impaired driving laws, enforcing the state’s texting laws, and other traffic safety issues. This year’s Memorial Day STEP campaign, “Click It. Or Ticket,” encourages seat belt or child safety seat use for occupants of all ages.

Over the 2014 Memorial Day holiday reporting period for the KHP, troopers worked one fatal crash on Kansas’ roads, which killed one person. The crash was alcohol-related. Patrol personnel arrested 34 people for impaired driving. Personnel also assisted 1,105 motorists who needed help on Kansas roads.

“Memorial Day is a celebration of the great men and women who have lost their lives serving this great country, and also marks the beginning of summer vacation season nationwide,” said Captain Joshua Kellerman, KHP public information officer. “The KHP and all of our law enforcement partners would remind all Kansans to buckle up, every trip, every time. We would also remind everyone to make plans in advance for a sober driver. Law enforcement will also be out looking for those drivers who made the wrong decision to drink and drive.”

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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