KDOT joins law enforcement to battle drunken driving
In an effort to reduce alcohol-related accidents, the Kansas Department of Transportation has teamed with state and local law enforcement agencies to employ "saturation patrols."
Driving under the influence saturation or "blanket" patrols involve targeting a specific location or area to detect and apprehend impaired drivers. Sobriety checkpoints also will continue. Both operations are conducted year-round on weekends and holidays.
Lawrence and Douglas County both have received some money from KDOT to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
In the last 10 years, the number of deaths and injuries resulting from alcohol-related accidents has decreased. In 1990, there were 3,639 accidents involving alcohol, which resulted in 97 deaths and 1,978 injuries, compared to 3,477 accidents in 2000. Last year, 66 people were killed and 1,647 were injured in such accidents.
Accident: Car destroyed in one-vehicle wreck after driver falls asleep
A 25-year-old Baldwin man suffered minor injuries Sunday in a one-vehicle accident south of Eudora.
Thom Chorpenning was southbound on County Road 1061, about 3 miles south of Eudora, when his GMC pickup truck left the road, Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Kathy Tate said.
Chorpenning told officers he fell asleep at the wheel, she said. It was not known Sunday if he was wearing a seat belt.
Chorpenning's truck went into the ditch and across a creek bed before hitting a concrete barrier and going airborne, Tate said. The vehicle landed on all four tires, but then the engine caught on fire and the truck was completely destroyed.
Chorpenning got out of the vehicle before it caught fire and was later transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Deaths: Two drivers killed in Kansas during holiday weekend
Two people have been reported killed in traffic accidents in Kansas during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Cameron Bookout, 19, of Hutchinson, died early Saturday when the car he was riding in went off of Kansas Highway 61 in Hutchinson and hit a tree, the Reno County Sheriff's Department said.
Richard M. Quenzell, 17, of Wichita died Thursday night when he lost control of his car while making a left turn in that city, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Quenzell's car crossed the center line, then went up on a curb and collided head-on with a tree, the patrol said.
Nine people died on Kansas roads last year during the Thanksgiving weekend counting period. This year's period began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ran through midnight Sunday.
Culture: State arts commission to have monthly meeting
Topeka The Kansas Arts Commission will have its quarterly business meeting at 1 p.m. Friday in the board room of the Bradbury-Thompson Center on the campus of Washburn University, 17th and Jewell.
Executive Director David Wilson will provide an update on the next legislative session and the commission's budget proposal for fiscal year 2003. Wilson also will report on meetings of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Arts and Cultural Resources.
Presentations will be made Andy Tompkins of the Kansas Department of Education; Tim Van Leer, executive director of the Lied Center in Lawrence; and Christy Davis of the Kansas State Historical Society.
The meeting is open to the public.