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Lawrence police plan DUI saturation patrol starting Friday, ‘4/20’

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Lawrence police are amping up patrols to catch impaired drivers and other traffic violations beginning Friday — which is April 20, aka 4/20, the day designated by pot smokers as an annual holiday.

In a news release about the upcoming saturation patrol, the Lawrence Police Department reminds motorists that DUI charges can result from driving under the influence of any drug, not just alcohol, and that DUI is risky and dangerous.

“Injury and deaths continue to increase from both alcohol and drugged impaired drivers,” the news release says. “Regardless whether a drug is legal or illegal it’s a serious crime to drive while impaired by any drug.”

Designate a sober driver, the news release reminds, and always buckle up.

The saturation patrol will run Friday through Sunday in Lawrence.

Lawrence police are joining other law enforcement agencies in similar efforts across Kansas and the region. “Law enforcement around the six-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around city, state and federal highways,” the news release says.


— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

Comments

Louis Kannen 1 month ago

DwD's...Ditch-weed Desperados...lock 'em up. During their "high-roller" visit to the Gray Bar Inn, let 'em "roll all the fatty's" they want with Custodial floor-sweeps...

Louis Kannen 1 month ago

More often than not, those "10 mph pot crashes" you so glibly reference typically end up with significantly worse accidents occurring as a result of those 'influenced, slow' drivers...

Aaron McGrogor 1 month ago

Really? Wanna cite any sources for that, or is this just some wild rambling?

Greg Cooper 1 month ago

Friend was on pot at the time. Just sayin'.....

Thomas Bryce Jr. 1 month ago

Here are the USDOT Numbers for 2016(Most recent numbers tallied) : 37,461 traffic related fatalities in the US. 10,497 were alcohol/drug related. 26,964 fatalities that were not. You are more likely to be killed by a sober driver that was speeding or distracted. The numbers are there for everyone to see. Put down the phone and do not speed no matter how late you are. And, of course, Don't drive under the influence. The life you save may be your own or a close family member. Saving the life of a complete stranger is a good thing too. https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash-data

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month ago

Just try not to drive when you are under the influence of anything, legal or not. Call a friend, a family member, a taxi, just don't drive. There are more fun things to do when you are under the influence than drive. Let someone else handle the driving.

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