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2020-16: Kansas Highway Patrol Participates in Five-State Speed Enforcement

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 2:10 PM by Shayndel Jones

During July, the Kansas Highway Patrol is participating in a coordinated speed and seat belt enforcement effort with law enforcement from Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Iowa. 
 
“It is important to slow down and to always follow the rules of the road. We want to see everyone make it to their destination safely, which requires each of us to follow the posted speed limits and seat belt laws in Kansas,” said Captain Andy Dean, Commander of KHP’s Public and Governmental Affairs Unit. 
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, citations issued for violations of individuals driving over 100 mph increased over 41 percent on Kansas highways. Through this enforcement, we will make it a point to reduce this number. 

In 2018, 73 people were killed in speeding-related crashes. This is about 20 percent or 1 in 5 of all fatalities. In the same year, 46 percent of all fatalities were not properly restrained or wearing seat belts. 
 
This enforcement is geared toward saving lives on our roads. The agencies will patrol city, rural, state and federal highways. Citations can be issued to those who are speeding, or to those who have other traffic violations, such as not buckling seat belts and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  
“Making our roads safer truly is a team effort and this five-state collaboration is a great example of that,” said State Transportation Engineer Burt Morey. “Drivers should remember that when they speed, they not only endanger themselves but all those on the road with them. Please do your part to make sure everyone gets home safely.”
 
The Kansas Highway Patrol appreciates the Kansas Department of Transportation’s commitment to keeping the residents and travelers of our state safe. For this enforcement, they have provided funding for our troopers to work overtime so we can have more law enforcement officers out patrolling the roadways, helping to reduce the number and severity of crashes. The overtime provided is funded through a grant from KDOT’s Office of Traffic Safety.
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