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Douglas County law officers to target drunken drivers during next three weeks

August 17, 2011, 10:49 a.m. Updated August 18, 2011, 5:01 p.m.

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Douglas County law enforcement agencies plan to participate in a statewide effort to crack down on drunken driving in the next three weeks.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced special funding for overtime to allow sheriff’s offices, police departments and the Kansas Highway Patrol to increase patrols to detect drunken drivers before, during and after Labor Day weekend.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence Police Department plan to participate in the special enforcement that began Thursday and runs through Sept. 5 in which officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, speeding and adult and child restraint violations, said Lt. Gary Bunting, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Also, the sheriff’s office — thanks to a second grant — plans to conduct a saturation patrol targeting drunken drivers in the county from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sept. 9, Bunting said.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a Lawrence police spokesman, said the department also plans to conduct a DUI check lane in the city during the evening hours of Aug. 26.

The Kansas Legislature passed legislation that took effect July 1 aimed at increasing penalties for DUI offenders and requiring all first time offenders to use ignition interlock devices.

Comments

poiii 3 years, 9 months ago

"The Kansas Legislature passed legislation that took effect July 1 aimed at increasing penalties for DUI offenders and requiring all first time offenders to use ignition interlock devices."

Who is taking responsibility for malfunction 'interlock' devices?

Was it not about 3000 dollars per first time DUI? Higher is going to make a difference?

therxbandit 3 years, 9 months ago

What do you do all day? Because from the looks of it, it seems you sit on LJW all day and complain.

Liberty275 3 years, 9 months ago

I think it would make a more compelling article. Don't you?

Sigmund 3 years, 9 months ago

You know its always a few drunk drivers who hit and kill someone and then flee the scene to avoid being held responsible for their act of manslaughter, who have ruined being hammered and driving for everyone else. On the other hand it is entertaining when their drink drive buddies get on here to tell us how it was an accident, they are really good people, and no one can judge them.

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