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KHP joins I-80/I-35 high visibility enforcement

The Kansas Highway Patrol is joining multiple other states ahead of the Labor Day weekend and during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization for the I-80 and I-35 High Visibility Enforcement Project. The Kansas Highway Patrol accepted a challenge from the Iowa State Patrol (whose state sits at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80) to join the effort. The goal of the enforcement is to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes on the nation’s interstates, combat criminal activity, as well as draw much needed attention to traffic safety. The enforcement will run August 28-30, 2015.

“I-35 is a major thoroughfare that runs through Kansas, connecting us with major cities from as far south as the Texas/Mexico Border and north to Minnesota,” said Colonel Mark Bruce, KHP superintendent. “With a road that is so busy with all kinds of traffic, we want to encourage safe driving behaviors, through both education and enforcement efforts.”

During this border to border traffic safety initiative, some of KHP’s troopers and motor carrier inspectors will focus efforts on I-35. Additionally, specialty units and other personnel will be dedicating time and special attention to the I-35 corridor, including assistance from the KHP aircraft unit, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, and Domestic Highway Enforcement Team.

Interstate 35 goes through six states, beginning in Minnesota and ending in Texas. Interstate 80 goes through 11 states, beginning in California, and ending in New Jersey. Each of these interstates serves as transcontinental corridors, and total more than 4,400 miles of roadway. A total of 16 states were asked to participate in the initiative. Half of those states record an average seat belt usage rate of only 82.04 percent, though Kansas’ rate is 86 percent. August is the deadliest month on I-80, and one of the deadliest on I-35.

This enforcement has the support of the International Association of Chiefs of Police S&P Division, in addition to partners at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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