Archive for Sunday, September 8, 2013

Drunken-driving enforcement campaign ends with 18 DUI arrests

September 8, 2013


The Lawrence Police Department stopped more than 400 vehicles, arrested 18 people for DUI and issued almost 300 seatbelt citations during a monthlong, statewide drunken-driving enforcement campaign, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, LPD spokesman.

The effort, billed as the "You Drink. You Drive. You Lose." campaign, ran from Aug. 15 to Sept. 2. During that time, dedicated patrols focused on finding impaired drivers, unsafe drivers and those not wearing seat belts.

As part of the effort, the LPD conducted a DUI checkpoint on Aug. 23, which resulted in 246 vehicle stops and 12 DUI arrests.

The associated overtime costs from the enforcement were paid through a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation, which sponsored efforts across the state.

In Kansas, an average of nearly five people are injured every day, and one person is killed every three days, in alcohol-related crashes, according to KDOT.

Lawrence police reported these results from their campaign:

429 vehicle stops, not including the stops during the DUI checkpoint

18 DUI arrests, including the 12 made in the DUI checkpoint

13 speeding tickets

3 chid-restraint citations for occupants younger than 13

3 seat belt citations for occupants 14-to 17-years-old.

279 adult seatbelt citations

1 citation for texting while driving

76 other violations


parrothead8 4 years, 7 months ago

How is August 15 to September 2 a "monthlong" campaign?

gsxr600 4 years, 7 months ago

I would like to personally thank the LPD officer that blinded myself and others with his Maglite while I drove through the intersection of 13th and Tennessee at about 11pm a weekend or two ago. It's hard enough to safely navigate that street at night without the fear of a drunktard dashing into traffic. Apparently it's necessary to enforce safety by committing unsafe acts. Outstanding work LPD!

Food_for_Thought 4 years, 7 months ago

Maybe you should increase your intake of vitamin A. It helps with recovery from temporary loss of night vision.

dncinnanc 4 years, 7 months ago

I would also like to thank those stationed officers for keeping their flashing car lights on for several hours late at night while I was trying to sleep. That, and the constant loud rumble of idling engines backed up on Tennessee, made for a lovely non-sleep when I had to be up early Saturday morning.

Topple 4 years, 7 months ago

"429 vehicle stops, not including the stops during the DUI checkpoint

18 DUI arrests, including the 12 made in the DUI checkpoint"

That's 6 DUI arrests from 429 vehicle stops. 1.4% of the vehicles pulled over during the stop drinking & driving campaign had drunk drivers. Now, I don't know if these are the numbers attributed solely to the campaign, or are the numbers from all vehicle stoppages (regular hours + overtime) during that 2-week "month long" campaign, but 6 arrests seems pretty low if they're specifically targeting drunk drivers. I would think you could stop that many people every weekend night downtown or in the fraternity/sorority areas.

That said, glad there were no incidents or injuries. Thanks for putting in the extra hours LPD.

friendlyjhawk 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks LPD for your great work this weekend. This is not a sarcastic comment but genuine praise for the work they did.

bad_dog 4 years, 7 months ago

Praise? Really? They did their jobs as directed and got paid for doing so. That's "great" and "praise" worthy level work?

Holy hyperbole! You should send them a tip if you believe that strongly.

purplesage 4 years, 7 months ago

At least they got the non compliant seat -belt desperados. Pretty wide-spread lack of compliance, I'd say. When the state passes a helmet law to keep those motorcycle riding coconut heads from cracking their skulls, they can talk about seat belt laws. Until then, it is as the biker lobby insists, pretty much overstepping the bounds. Your insurance company, on the other hand, has every right to demand such compliance or to raise premiums or reduce benefits if cooperation is not forthcoming.

Liberty275 4 years, 7 months ago

"At least they got the non compliant seat -belt desperados"

They missed one.

jafs 4 years, 7 months ago

The statistics are horrifying if accurate.

Nearly five people injured everyday, and one person killed every three days in alcohol related crashes in KS.

Please think about that, and don't drink and drive.

rtwngr 4 years, 7 months ago

Ah, I long for the good old days of flying down the highway at 70 mph in our Oldsmobuick, standing on the seat between Mom and Dad. Those were the days!

Kent Noble 4 years, 7 months ago

Believe it or not we also had less accidents and 18 was the legal drinking age. Imagine that!!! I remeber standing in the back of a truck reaching over the top of the cab putting your hands on the windshield.

Bursting 4 years, 7 months ago

"1 citation for texting while driving"

The absolute, positive, most common dangerous thing a person does is text and drive. And we got one of them!!!

Randall Barnes 4 years, 7 months ago

WOW... i'm impressed with the 6 extra DUI'S. The average used to be 9 per night in Lawrence.If they would worry more about people endangering others than people choosing not to wear a seat belt the streets of Lawrence would be much safer.

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