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Lawrence police to join national crackdown on drinking and driving

As part of the national campaign against drunk driving, Lawrence police are setting up checkpoints in an effort to crack down on the problem. Police will be monitoring the roadways carefully for the next 19 days, specifically targeting drivers from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

August 20, 2009, 10:53 a.m. Updated August 20, 2009, 5:29 p.m.


Lawrence police will conduct a saturation patrol from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, until 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

It’s part of a a nationwide crackdown on drinking and driving during an aggressive, 18-day enforcement that began today.

More than 100 law enforcement agencies in the state are participating in the effort, dubbed “Drunk driving. Over the limit. Under arrest.” Officers will conduct high-visibility enforcement through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

“Their aim is to dramatically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when alcohol is mixed with driving — a particularly dangerous combination,” Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tim McCool said in a news release.

McCool said six people are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes on any given day in Kansas. Last year, alcohol was a contributing factor in 34 percent of fatality crashes in the state and led to 131 deaths and nearly 2,000 injuries, the KHP said.

The state’s crackdown efforts are being paid for by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.


redfred 8 years, 9 months ago

Maybe we can get the judges to join in also and quit issuing minimum sentences.

flux 8 years, 9 months ago

This is as much about revenue as it is public saftey.

KansasVoter 8 years, 9 months ago

I think that flux has it right. Budgets are tight and DUI's bring in a lot of money.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 9 months ago

I'll show them. i'm going on the wagon for 3 weeks. after that, get off the sidewalks cuz i'll be back in action!

Kyle Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

I wonder if all these officers that are going to be enforcing this ever drink and drive...... I hardly doubt it (rolling eyes) Kinda like all the LPD officers that play softball on weeknights, or bowl in bowling league certain nights of the week and get hammered. I wonder how they all get home. Surely they wouldnt drive home. But.... they are officers, they can do as they please!

labmonkey 8 years, 9 months ago

How about a crackdown on texting while driving? That is just as or more dangerous than drinking and driving.

FlapJack 8 years, 9 months ago

You can all stop whining about drinking and driving. It IS against the law to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol! Maybe you will stop doing it when someone you love is hurt (or killed) by a drunk driver. I say "Thanks" to all of the officers that are enforcing the laws and keeping us safe. All of you drunken idiots should go get a life...

chzypoof1 8 years, 9 months ago

These checkpoints are just an excuse for revenue generation and finding other "suspicous" activities in the car. This amounts to illegal search and seizure, and many of the cases are thrown out.

Wak fest was a complete violation of those people's rights, and a LOT of those cases got thrown out.

Jonathan Becker 8 years, 9 months ago

I saw a driver Wednesday morning that scared me. She was brushing her wet hair, holding a mug, and talking on her cell held up to her ear while driving in the left lane westbound. That woman is a multi-tasker, but really, can't the hair wait?

one2no 8 years, 9 months ago

OLD Tim McCool ain't so cool.I bet they don't take in 5 people. tim I hope the KHP don't get any raises forever.

Maracas 8 years, 9 months ago

"Don't announce the roadblocks. Like you did when you stopped traffic on the freeway to conduct illegal searches automobiles headed for Wakarusa."

But it worked. The festival moved.

flyin_squirrel 8 years, 9 months ago

This is a good thing. Drunk drivers need to be removed from the road. Drunk Driving arrest were down last year but fatalities were up.

Kyle Miller 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree with everyone that Drunk Driving needs to be put to a stop, but... the BIG problem with this I have is....... you have these officers that are going to give citations to these in the wrong, then they are going to turn around and do exactly what they arrested someone for. Thats my HUGE complaint here!

KansasVoter 8 years, 9 months ago

LarryNative (Anonymous) says… "Speeding tickets are a much bigger source of revenue. It takes an officer several hours to process one dui for $250"

I don't know where you got that number, but DUI's cost a lot more than $250.

============ FlapJack (Anonymous) says… "All of you drunken idiots should go get a life…"

Drunk drivers DO have a life. If they didn't have a life they'd be drinking alone at home. The fact that they're out partying at bars proves that they have a life. And drunk driving isn't really that dangerous, it's just an easy political punching bag. In fact, I don't think that drunk driving should be a crime between 11pm and 4am. The only people out at that time are drunks anyway, so why not let 'em get home without getting hassled?

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