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Archive for Thursday, April 15, 2010

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies plan increased patrols this weekend

April 15, 2010

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Douglas County sheriff’s deputies will be out in full force this weekend, hoping to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

The sheriff’s department is conducting a saturation patrol that begins at 11 p.m. Saturday and runs through early Sunday.

Deputies specifically will target impaired drivers but also will look for violations of speeding, seat belt and child restraint laws.

The special patrol is part of the Impaired Driving Deterrence Program, a partnership between the sheriff’s office and the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.

The goal of the program is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from vehicle accidents.

Comments

Stuart Evans 4 years, 8 months ago

"The goal of the program is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from vehicle accidents."

no, the goal is to increase revenue through ticketing and increase the number of dui arrests to show Washington how tough on crime we are here, so they'll send us more money to perpetuate the revenue machine.

slowplay 4 years, 8 months ago

So, you believe it's alright to drink and drive? I have a feeling you do quite often. As far as I'm concerned they should have checkpoints outside of every bar in town. If you insist on drinking and driving, may you rot in jail.

Stuart Evans 4 years, 8 months ago

it certainly looks like you've got me all figured out....idiot.

whether you like it or not, our government embraces drinking and the occasional dui. they are state profit through and through. so don't look for any constables posted outside the pub anytime soon. it's more profitable to catch them on the road.

bliddel 4 years, 8 months ago

Correct! And did you also know that not everyone convicted of DUI had even been drinking?

Courts are in it for the revenue enhancement, not for justice.

Police decide which, if any, tests to administer. You have no rights. Nobody ever passed a "field sobriety test". It would weaken the Law Enforcement case. Take the Minnesota case where a drunk was asleep at the wheel of a non-functional legally-parked vehicle, with keys in the ash tray, and he was still convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Consider those cheap breathalyzers that read any petroleum distillate in the breath as being alcohol. Handle gasoline recently? You are now a proven drunk driver!

Forget safety! This is about revenue!

twinetowngirl 4 years, 8 months ago

Hey why not...you do the crime and all...We all know your not supposed to speed, supposed to keep your child and yourself buckled up and not drink and drive. If thats too hard to understand for some then they deserve to get ticketed. And yes, I've had a few speeding tickets.

cozy 4 years, 8 months ago

um, so why wouldnt they just have cops sitting at certain places to catch these people instead of paying all the money to put the cameras in everywhere? They are known to be inaccurate and corrupt as the timers are changed on them so they will take pictures earlier. Not that the cop sitting where ever couldnt be corrupt as well, haha.

bliddel 4 years, 8 months ago

Before you go advocating for Red Light Cameras, you should know it is just legalized corporate welfare for the camera manufacturers. They won't play unless the city agrees to shorten yellow lights to the point that accidents occur, and violations make the camera maker filthy rich (a large percent of each ticket issued).

Ticket cameras do not improve safety.

See http://www.motorists.org/photoenforce/home/nma-objections-to-photo-enforcement/#prevent

Stuart Evans 4 years, 8 months ago

it has been suggested, justfornow...eventually someone will get a couple of those installed in this town.

for the time being, the police are heavily enforcing the 25mph zone at the construction on N.2nd. it changes from 45 - 25 there so be very aware.

1029 4 years, 8 months ago

These little fun-time circuses that the Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies like to conduct are just one more reason why we need to get rid of taxes once and for all. We'll see how much they like pulling over cars and messing with people when they are no longer being paid to do it because there is no tax money coming in to pay for their paycheck, which is mostly earned by hassling fellow citizens anyway.

beawolf 4 years, 8 months ago

What? If there are no paychecks, there are no deputies and no one gets pulled over or apprehended for any crime. I'm sure you and your anarchist buddies would love that.

mikebaker7 4 years, 8 months ago

The Sheriffs Department has been out every morning on K-10 catching speeders on both sides of the highway. Good for them and us! More revenue means a better funded Sheriffs Department and tickets will slow people down and get the drunks off the roads making things safer on the highways for those of us that commute K-10 everyday! This isn't a bad thing people... it's a GOOD THING! Glass half full, glass half full... GLASS HALF FULL!

bliddel 4 years, 8 months ago

Issuing tickets for failure to obey artificially low speed limits (instead of the best engineering practice of the 85th percentile) DOES NOT get drunks off the road! Nor does such "revenue enhancement" make anything safer. Learn more at www.motorists.org

whats_going_on 4 years, 8 months ago

1029 (anonymous) says… These little fun-time circuses that the Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies like to conduct are just one more reason why we need to get rid of taxes once and for all. We'll see how much they like pulling over cars and messing with people when they are no longer being paid to do it because there is no tax money coming in to pay for their paycheck, which is mostly earned by hassling fellow citizens anyway.

and then...you or a loved one gets killed because of some drunk moron behind the wheel. Or perhaps you are the drunk moron and you kill yourself; which honestly sounds like the more likely of the two.

Shut up with your no taxes thing, good grief.

workinghard 4 years, 8 months ago

Start giving tickets in school zones at 26mph instead of 31mph, all sorts of money.

SeaFox 4 years, 8 months ago

Why are they going out in force THIS weekend? Are they expecting lots of people to be out drinking away their tax sorrows?

lawdog 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm glad to know they are out on the streets.

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