Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Proposal to double fines on K-10 gets closer to approval

March 29, 2012, 4:47 p.m. Updated March 29, 2012, 5:09 p.m.


— Legislation that would double speeding fines on Kansas Highway 10 in Douglas and Johnson counties is closer to approval.

On a 26-14 vote Thursday, the Senate approved a House-Senate conference committee report that included setting up two safety corridors and a bill that would allow school districts to decide when to replace school buses.

The package now goes back to the House, where if approved would send it to Gov. Sam Brownback for his consideration.

The safety corridors plan was prompted by a number of fatality accidents on K-10. The family of Cainan Shutt, a 5-year-old Eudora boy who was killed in an accident last year on K-10, testified in support of the bill.

Another proposed safety corridor is U.S. Highway 54 in Wichita.

All fines for speeding fines within the corridors would be used for signage, education and enforcement within the safety corridors.

Under the agreement between House and Senate conferees, the proposed law would expire July 1, 2015, so legislators could assess if it is working.

“We have had examples of tragic accidents and thought we’d do a test and see how it works,” said Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.


itsalwayssunnyinlarry 6 years, 2 months ago

As far as I can remember none if these accidents were caused by speeding. Drunk/drugged driving and poor attention.. Too bad we can't increase those fines.

labmonkey 6 years, 2 months ago

So instead of actually doing something that would prevent crossover accidents, they set up a 20 mile speed trap. This will do nothing to make it safer. Put some damn cables in the median like they do in Missouri.

rwwilly 6 years, 2 months ago

I happen to agree with you. I travel K-10 daily and do witness some speeding but unless there is ample empirical evidence that K-10 accidents are (or were) caused by excessive speed what is the purpose of this amended law other than to take more money from the public. Show me the evidence, please.

repete66211 6 years, 2 months ago

"All fines for speeding fines within the corridors would be used for signage, education and enforcement within the safety corridors." I'll bet the annual fine revenue that this statement is not true. Cash grab anyone?

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