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Officers on the outlook for violations this holiday weekend

November 26, 2008

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Holiday patrols step up

The busiest days of the holidays are here, and leadfoot drivers had better look out. Enlarge video

A silver Honda Civic zipped down Kansas Highway 10, traveling 10 mph faster than the posted 70 mph speed limit.

Little did the driver know that Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Jones was driving in the opposite lanes of the highway, just waiting for someone to whiz by.

Jones clocked the driver with his radar unit, flipped a U-ey in the median, accelerated to speeds well above 100 mph, set off the lights of his patrol cruiser and pulled the driver over.

"You guys traveling for the holidays?" Jones asked the driver Wednesday afternoon, before letting her off with a warning ticket.

The driver — who was headed to Topeka to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family — was among the nearly 41 million Americans that AAA estimates will make trips of at least 50 miles this week.

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest travel day of the year in Kansas, followed closely by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Bortz said.

And Jones is among law enforcement officers from more than 100 agencies across the state who will forgo spending Turkey Day with their families and, instead, will crack down on drivers violating the law. The highway patrol puts 50 percent of its force on the roads during holidays, a number more than an average patrol day, said Jones, who generally patrols in Douglas and Franklin counties.

Lawrence police and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office are also participating in the patrols, in which officers are paid overtime to step up efforts to protect drivers during the busy Thanksgiving travel season. The Kansas Thanksgiving Enforcement Campaign began Monday and runs through Sunday.

The campaign's intended to minimize traffic-related crashes, injuries and fatalities, by having officers focus on dangerous activities including drunken driving and speeding, as well as child passenger safety laws and seat belt use among travelers of all ages, the KHP said.

"Our primary goal is to be out here and visible on the highway during the holiday travel," said Jones, who picked up a few hours of overtime by coming in for the extended patrol. "The best we can do is just come out and make a presence and try to get people to slow down and wear their seatbelts."

Last year, officers in the state were paid $80,000 in overtime for the additional Thanksgiving period patrols, which are financed through KDOT using federal grant money, said Bortz. Almost 2,000 additional speeding tickets were written across the state during last year's patrol, KDOT said.

During last year’s Thanksgiving reporting period, there were 945 crashes that killed nine people and injured 243 others, the KHP said. Of those crashes, 58 involved alcohol which caused two deaths and 26 people to be injured.

Traffic was already thick on Douglas County highways Wednesday afternoon, and Jones said he expected it to increase as the night went on. He pulled over three cars in less than an hour during his patrol. One was ticketed for going 83 in a 70; the other, 80 in a 70. Their fines were $123 and $105 respectively, including court costs.

Comments

doc1 5 years, 4 months ago

faceit : Then you obviously haven't met any officers here. They are all college grads. Your an idiot.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 4 months ago

Fair enough, jayhawks71.There's good news for you. LEO tickets are public record, which means you can collect a sample and use appropriate inferential statistical methods to find the answers to the questions you ask.Please post your findings in this research study here. I'll be checking often to see what you learn.

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Quigly 5 years, 4 months ago

"U-ey" ? And what language is that? And is this why LJWorld wins awards? For destroying the English language even further. Great, Nice

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faceit 5 years, 4 months ago

I've never met a cop with an IQ above 100

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jayhawks71 5 years, 4 months ago

TOL - Yes, I would like laws to be enforced as written. That is what "law enforcement" officers are supposed to do. To be honest, I would like to see the laws re-written so that they at least maintained the facade of "punishment" rather than the revenue enhancement that they are. I think states should also review who tends to get more warnings/tickets for the same offense... males? females? younger? older? I am also going to guess (sans data) that tears work better for some than others. I also wonder whether one type of trooper (sex/age) is more likely to perform the maneuver described over another trooper (different sex/age).Triplegoddess-- where is there written a law against "bad attitude" when it comes to traffic code violations? Why oh why should your attitude have anything to do with whether you get a ticket or a warning FOR SPEEDING? Is there a checkbox on the ticket that says "and had you been nicer you would have only gotten a warning?" Of course there isn't.In the end, does anyone here think that the maneuver, as described is enhancing safety? I can imagine coming up on the trooper pulling a U-ey and having to make an evasive maneuver to get the H out the his way.

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Chris Ogle 5 years, 4 months ago

Officers on the outlook... " I can't even find a donut today.... but I am on the lookout for something open"

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leadstone 5 years, 4 months ago

3 words. High Test Rice.3 more words. Dumb A$$ procedure.3 last words. God help us.

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triplegoddess13 5 years, 4 months ago

Did you ever stop to think that maybe the person who got the ticket, instead of the warning, had a bad attitude with the trooper? You people seem to forget that being nice to law enforcement might help you out in the long run.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 4 months ago

Honestly, it seems it's more often parent in minivan getting warning, and youth-in-sports-car getting the ticket.

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

"outlook" sounds more like a weather forecast, or a financial prediction! who's working down there on the day before thanksgiving ... hey ... anybody? wow, if they let "outlook" stay, wonder what us naughty posters could get away with posting tonight? I too noted that one driver got $105 and another got a warning. wonder if the warning did her hair flip and an "innocent lil ol' me" routine meanwhile batting her eyelashes.

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Buggie7 5 years, 4 months ago

Ummm shouldnt they be on the lookout all the time and not just on the holiday weekend? DUH

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drugcompton 5 years, 4 months ago

sven- i guess you will be staying in then huh?

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cowboy 5 years, 4 months ago

ooooohhhhh , they're on the outlook , is that anything like being on the lookout ?

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macon47 5 years, 4 months ago

most of the jerks that have the need to drive80 mph or faster are also great candidatesfor other offenses.like booze ,dope , drugs, outstanding warrantsit is just good business for the policeif you dont like it drive the speed limityou dorks.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 4 months ago

jayhawk71, keep in mind that LEOs are allowed to use discretion. You'd prefer, perhaps, that there was a hard-and-fast rule..."no warnings for speeds more than 3 mph over the posted limit" or some such?

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bearded_gnome 5 years, 4 months ago

good thing the troopers aren't "on the lookout!" then we'd really be worried. again, ljworld, your editing sucks. ya' wanna hire me to edit for ya'?"For Holiday, Troopers on the Overlook?" "For Holiday Traffic, Troopers Lookout?" c'mon LJWorld!***I'm sorry but a trooper “pulling a U-ey” (after apparently going 70 in the opposite direction), flipping on the lights, and getting his car up to 100mphto chase someone down to warn them to slow down… what is wrong with this picture. Sorry, Someone rather stealthily going 80 in the same direction as meseems so much safer, considering everyone else is probably going 75-80 as well.oh but he's seen Cops, or those great pursuit shows on TrueTV. and, its way cool to flip on them lights and siren, hit the accelerator, oh man!

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cozy 5 years, 4 months ago

jayhawks71 (Anonymous) says…"I'm sorry but a trooper “pulling a U-ey” (after apparently going 70 in the opposite direction), flipping on the lights, and getting his car up to 100mph to chase someone down to warn them to slow down… what is wrong with this picture. Sorry, Someone rather stealthily going 80 in the same direction as me seems so much safer, considering everyone else is probably going 75-80 as well.I can't believe that this trooper's (probably very typical) maneuver is seen as making the roads safer and then there are going to be even more out on the roads for Thanksgiving travel? Are you kidding me???"I completely agree with you!! It is absolutely ridiculous that they can just do a u-ey and pulling out in front of traffic and speed to play catch-up for 10 over! I can see at least 15 over, but come on! If you want to help k-10, then put a divider in the middle to keep cars on their own sides and not hitting opposite traffic head on-like what has been happening so much lately.

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jayhawks71 5 years, 4 months ago

Will someone ask Trooper Jones why 80 in a 70 results in a 'warning' for one person and a 105 dollar fine for another person, with the same trooper in both cases? I would like to know what answer the first one gave to get a warning, or perhaps one was a she and the other a he?

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jayhawks71 5 years, 4 months ago

I'm sorry but a trooper "pulling a U-ey" (after apparently going 70 in the opposite direction), flipping on the lights, and getting his car up to 100mph to chase someone down to warn them to slow down... what is wrong with this picture. Sorry, Someone rather stealthily going 80 in the same direction as me seems so much safer, considering everyone else is probably going 75-80 as well. I can't believe that this trooper's (probably very typical) maneuver is seen as making the roads safer and then there are going to be even more out on the roads for Thanksgiving travel? Are you kidding me???

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