Archive for Saturday, November 1, 2008

Scary K-10

Many motorists probably will find comfort in an increased law enforcement presence on a heavily traveled local highway.

November 1, 2008

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Kansas Highway 10, especially the portion of the highway known as the South Lawrence Trafficway, has become a pretty scary road.

So scary, in fact, that many local residents probably will welcome the increased law enforcement patrols planned for the highway.

In the last two weeks, four people have died in three K-10 collisions. The accidents still are under investigation, but they have prompted concern from many residents who regularly witness drivers operating vehicles carelessly or at high speeds on the road.

Special patrols are planned today to handle traffic to and from the Kansas University football game against Kansas State University, but Kansas Highway Patrol troopers in Douglas and Franklin counties also have been ordered to spend at least two hours of every shift patrolling K-10 on a regular basis. State engineers also are looking at other steps, such a rumble strip down the center of the two-lane bypass as a way to cut down on accidents.

Rumble strips would seem to have limited effect. They might wake up a driver who was falling asleep or fiddling with a radio, but they wouldn't stop a driver from passing another vehicle at an unsafe place or time, as occurred in one of the recent fatal accidents.

It's all right to investigate physical changes to the road, but there's really nothing like the presence of law enforcement patrols - and a willingness to hand out some costly tickets - to get drivers' attention.

The South Lawrence Trafficway hasn't proven to be a particularly hazardous road in recent years, but increased traffic and speed on the bypass could be a deadly combination. Perhaps the recent accidents are simply an aberration, but state officials are right to step up the law enforcement presence and take a close look at the safety of K-10 both around Lawrence and to the east.

Comments

Tony Holladay 6 years, 9 months ago

Parrotuya... Sounds like you should get a "Darwin Award" for that post.If you think we have a police state you should go visit somewhere that truly has a "Police State" and then reavaluate your opinion on our "Police State"Let me get this straight. You want your freedom but you want to take away the freedom of others? (week and inept)The police are chasing down criminals. They have a special division for that. It's called the Highway Patrol. And the problem with bad drivers is that the majority seem to still be alive after the crash. The ones they hit, the "good drivers" are the ones getting killed.

hipper_than_hip 6 years, 9 months ago

There were more than the usual amount of left lane cruisers yesterday from OP to Lawrence. If you want to drive in the left lane, that's fine. Just be polite and move to the right when a faster vehicle wants to pass you.

dontcallmedan 6 years, 9 months ago

I'll take my K-TAG enhanced drive to KC over the Russian Roulette just-doin'-the-right-thing-one-minute-and-you're-dead-the-next K-10 experience! Just how many lives need to be wasted before safety dividers are installed?

mom_of_three 6 years, 9 months ago

And what should be done when you are driving in the left lane, passing slower cars, and some dumb head comes barrelling down the left lane, and rides your bumper until you complete your passing. Those are the ones who are probably the unsafest drivers on the road.

Chris Ogle 6 years, 9 months ago

I know this is very complex, but maybe would could slow down and pay attention.....Nope, lets throw some money at it.....

birdsandflowers 6 years, 9 months ago

Two things . . .1) Place memorials (crosses and flowers) along the SLT stretch where every accident has occurred involving a death. When I've driven along unfamiliar roads and see a number of these memorials in a short stretch, it makes me more cognizant of possible dangers.2) Think outside of the box and into the future -- build a rail transportation system connecting Topeka, Lawrence, and KC. Costly?? Sure, but in the long run it will save lives, time and money. Very much needed!!

somebodynew 6 years, 9 months ago

I am not sure about Kansas, but several states have laws against the "left lane cruisers" and actually enforce them. If Kansas has that law, it certainly is not enforced. Although even without a law, that is basic driver ed, in that the left lane is the passing lane, not the driving lane. (As in drive as far to the right as permitted.) And if you can't tell, it is one of my pet peeves!!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 9 months ago

Forget the cement barriers that will cost too much money. Instead allow trees to grow in the median strip...stop mowing them down. Other states have plenty a natural growth barriers. "K-10 western leg (SLT) needs to be a four lane divided highway." Absolutely. Do this first and forget about the eastern leg. This western leg can be designated as an I-70 connector. Build one to the east between Desoto and Eudoragoing north off K-10...... make it part of the KTA toll road.K-10 east needs a larger contingent of troopers in the area as well. 6AM-10AM / 3PM-7PM and game day hours. K-10 is one well known highway as the K-10 speedway.

feeble 6 years, 9 months ago

Parrotuya, you are off by six months, today is Nov 1st, not April 1st.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 9 months ago

People die driving. Fact of life. I-70, I-35, 24, 59. Wear a seat belt, get off the phone, check your tires and brakes, tell the kids to shut up in, and don't drink and drive. I just solved 90% of all traffic deaths.

SMe 6 years, 9 months ago

mom-of-three try *47 - that's a connection to the HP dispatcher who will issue a BOLO for that vehicle. You'll find that quite often when you put the phone to your ear they'll (the tailgater) will know what's coming and back off. If they do pass you give the dispatcher pertinent information about the vehicle, driver, license, color, etc.

deec 6 years, 9 months ago

Years ago I saw a woman folding her laundry while at the stoplight on Iowa at 23rd. When the light turned green she kept folding as she proceeded north.

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