Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to beef up patrols during holiday
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and other area police agencies will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign through Sunday. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation will enable the Sheriff’s Office to have more presence on streets and highways to aggressively enforce Kansas traffic laws. In addition to general traffic enforcement, deputies will be looking for impaired drivers and children, teens and adults who are not buckled up.
In Kansas, nearly six persons every day are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes. Almost 18,000 driving under the influence arrests were made last year in Kansas and great efforts are being made at all levels of government to increase both the number of arrests and the number of convictions.
Failure to buckle up is also responsible for needless death and injury. Those who do not buckle up are about 12 times more likely to be killed and almost twice as likely to suffer injury as those who do buckle up. Hidden by these statistics is the fact that injuries suffered by those who are unbuckled are likely to be much more severe and disabling than those suffered when an occupant is restrained.
“There are a couple of things to keep in mind,” Master Deputy Bob Hamilton said. “If you are going to be drinking – any amount – don’t consider driving; arrange to ride with a sober person. And always wear your seatbelt and make sure each person riding with you is restrained. By following these simple rules, you will save lives and save your cash. If we catch you breaking the law, it will cost you.”