Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2012

Douglas County sheriff’s office planning extra patrols on Saturday night

July 5, 2012


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is planning to conduct a saturation patrol on Saturday evening.

Extra sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling the streets late in the evening and into the early morning hours on Sunday.

They will target impaired driving, speeding and seat belt use in addition to monitoring compliance with other traffic laws.

The extra enforcement effort is possible because of a partnership with the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, a division of the Kansas Department of Transportation.


Kyle Chandler 1 year, 9 months ago

P.ersons I.n G.eneral S.ervice have to follow the rules sometimes and yes, be held accountable by a judge. Be glad you have can always Harley yourself to Mexico if you cant stand ' the constitiution.


blue73harley 1 year, 9 months ago

If you are drunk just remember to pull into someone's driveway...Paula Martin says it is okay.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 9 months ago

They should just save their money and stop all the cars leaving the KU Football games. It looks like it is ok to get sloberknockered at the games, but lord help you if you do it in a local bar or business.

There are a couple of sets of rules in this town.


James Minor 1 year, 9 months ago

The purpose of the notfication on the saturation patrol is to catch all the idiots drinking and driving. Whether it is secret or public news someone should not be driving under the influence. Unless you like someone in jail asking you to grab the soap.


g_rock 1 year, 9 months ago

Not a big game weekend. Students not here. Not a holiday weekend. I get it being a deterrent....but wouldn't you have picked a better time to do it?


lawslady 1 year, 9 months ago

The focus within the saturation patrol is on impaired driving behaviors, including left of center, following too closely, driving recklessly, driving aggressively and speeding. This focus tends to be effective within specific areas as repeat offenders become adept at avoiding detection at sobriety checkpoints. To be effective, saturation patrols must be ongoing, receive intense media attention and be supported by persecutors and judges.


lawslady 1 year, 9 months ago

One reason that law enforcment sometimes gives advance notice of "saturation stops" is because normally they can't stop vehicles without probable cause. However, one exception to that normal rule is if check points are set up whereby everyone (or a defined sub-set of everyone) gets stopped. One of the criteria for setting up the exception to probable cause is to give advance notice. see


Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 9 months ago

Wheee, wheeeeeeee. Federally paid overtime for everybody! Wheeeeeeee.


Nate012 1 year, 9 months ago

But writing tickets pays the salary of the lawrence police force members.


rockchalker52 1 year, 9 months ago

choco, if advanced warnings make a few people think twice, it's worthwhile purpose right there.


RoeDapple 1 year, 9 months ago

Well now, iffin you gets caught drivin' drunk it ain't like you weren't warnededed.


chocolateplease 1 year, 9 months ago

Why does the public receive notification in advance of these increased patrols? Would it be more effective as a surprise? What is the purpose?


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