Topeka — The Kansas Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would double fines on Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Johnson County.
Senate Bill 342 was forwarded to the House on a 22-18 vote.
The measure was sought by the family of Cainan Shutt, a 5-year-old Eudora boy who was killed in an accident last year on K-10.
Under the bill, traffic fines would double along K-10 and another heavily used road, U.S. Highway 54 in Wichita. The Kansas Department of Transportation would add signage alerting drivers that they were in a safety corridor and informing them of the increased fines.
Last April, a car driven by 24-year-old Ryan Pittman crossed from the eastbound to westbound lanes on K-10 near Eudora and struck a minivan in which Cainan was riding. Both Pittman and Cainan died. A toxicology report indicated that Pittman tested positive for a therapeutic level of methadone, an elevated level of tramadol and the active components of marijuana.
The accident spurred KDOT to move forward with a plan to install cable-median barriers this summer. Supporters of the bill, however, say doubling fines will also help increase safety.