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Kansas law enforcement agencies cracking down on drunken driving

Law enforcement agencies from across the state will be cracking down hard on drunk drivers beginning on Thursday.

August 13, 2008


Law enforcement officers from across the state will begin a crackdown on drunken driving Thursday.

The crackdown, which lasts through Labor Day, will be aggressive, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. A higher-than-usual number of KHP troopers and law enforcement officers from at least 100 additional agencies across the state will be on the streets and highways enforcing Kansas drunken driving and other traffic laws.

"Their aim is to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when alcohol is mixed with driving," said Tim McCool, KHP technical trooper.

"We're not saying, 'Don't drink before traveling,' said Capt. Steve Zeller, a KHP commander. "Just use a sober driver when you do."

The crackdown - called "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." - is supported by a Kansas Department of Transportation grant.

Six people are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes on an average day, according to state statistics.


igby 9 years, 9 months ago

How about busting some real criminals, drug dealers theft rings, burglary rings, and too many too even mention; or is this out of their league now. Violent crime is booming and the tax payers dollars are being wasted on speeders and bar hoppers.

JoRight 9 years, 9 months ago

A checkpoint on Clinton Parkway & one somewhere on 6th, west of Iowa would probably suffice.

redfred 9 years, 9 months ago

Have to agree with NOTWHATYOUTHINK if the judges would quit handing out the min sentence things might change. They don't have to give the max but maybe half way up the sentencing range.

classclown 9 years, 9 months ago

"Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest."===============================For some reason this is making me think of the conversation in the cockpit in "Airplane II"

creamygnome 9 years, 9 months ago

Uh, why are they only cracking down for a certain amount of time? Shouldn't this be an everyday/year-round practice?You can go ahead and take those officers off of Mass street twice a week looking for speeders between 23rd and 19th. Anyone who speeds on that section is an idiot anyway, that road is pure crap. Plus you drive by a church, and we all know God hates speeders.

Faka 9 years, 9 months ago

Tim McCool - Crime fighter. Please make this a sitcom! Seriously though, this is a good thing. Weekend nights between 1am and 3am, I would bet 80% of the people on the road have been drinking and are at least a little buzzed. I used to live on Tennessee and had to park on the street, and my car was hit 5 times. It's ridiculous!

Ragingbear 9 years, 9 months ago

Yet the police will still fail to do anything about the drag races at 2:00am on 23rd street, the curb hoppers, and those so intoxicated that they are unable to even stay on their side of the road. I've seen it tons of times, and the police cars will go right by them.

lootah0506 9 years, 9 months ago

"Will they also be drunking down on the crack driving?" HAHA! :)

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 9 months ago

"Kansas law enforcement agencies cracking down on drunken driving"Will they also be drunking down on the crack driving?

Solutions101 9 years, 9 months ago

This is a WASTE of our tax dollars with the already over-patrolled streets of Lawrence. This is allowing the below-average (intelligence, speaking) police force to ignore our, the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, rights. They accuse us that we are/have done something wrong/illegal because we could be "potentially" doing something wrong, such as drinking and driving. If you do not believe they are doing such of a a thing, how on earth are they going to make this $185K tax-paid effort worth-while if they do not arrest some drunken drivers, and how do you suppose they arrest all these drunken drivers? Answer: by invading our American rights and, by probability, 1 out of every 1000 vehicles may have be driving with something alcohol-related. Also, did you know that the alcohol limit for one who is over 18, but under 21, is still 0.02? This is equivalent to less than 2 drinks, clearly not enough to have someone being intoxicated, but, by b.s. law, it is. These persons are charged as adults with the same alcohol limit as a 14-year old and go to jail, when they are clearly adults and should be given the 0.08 limit as a 21-year old. -The only reason the drinking age is 21 is because the Federal Government BRIBED the states; they said they would withhold their funding of public roads (a concurrent power!!) if the state did not change their laws, while disregarding public/taxpayer safety.

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