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Special traffic enforcement program to target impaired drivers through Labor Day holiday

The Kansas Highway Patrol will be joining other local law enforcement agencies from across Kansas to work extra hours during the You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The STEP campaign runs from Aug. 15 through the Labor Day weekend and until Sept. 2. The additional enforcement efforts are underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. During STEP, there will be additional enforcement of all Kansas traffic laws, with particular focus on impaired driving laws.

If you are involved in a crash in which alcohol is a contributing factor, according to KDOT, you are 2.5 times more likely to be injured and 4.5 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed, than if you were in a crash in which alcohol was not a factor. The ratio of death to injury in alcohol-related crashes is almost four times higher than the death to injury ratio for non-alcohol related crashes.

“The last thing we want to investigate on our highways is a fatality crash involving someone’s family member,” Col. Ernest E. Garcia, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, said. “We hope that everyone will remember to designate a sober driver, not just this weekend, but all of the time.

“Troopers and other officers will be out in force over the next few weeks, and we hope this contributes to a safer time for all of those utilizing our Kansas roads.”

Over the 2012 Labor Day holiday reporting period for the KHP, troopers worked four fatal crashes on Kansas highways, resulting in four deaths. One of the fatal crashes was alcohol-related. There were four total impaired driving crashes worked by KHP. The patrol arrested 39 people for impaired driving. Personnel also assisted 1,193 motorists who needed help on Kansas roads.

The men and women of the Kansas Highway Patrol hope that everyone has a safe Labor Day holiday weekend. If you need assistance on a Kansas highway, or if you suspect an impaired driver, KHP asks that you call *47 (*HP) for KHP dispatch, or *582 (*KTA) if you are on the Kansas Turnpike.

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