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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Enforcement to be increased

  • Through Labor Day, there will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunken driving and other traffic laws as the Leavenworth Police Department participates in a crackdown with almost 150 other local police agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol, according to traffic Sgt. Ralph Sorrell of the Leavenworth Police Department.
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  • Through Labor Day, there will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunken driving and other traffic laws as the Leavenworth Police Department participates in a crackdown with almost 150 other local police agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol, according to traffic Sgt. Ralph Sorrell of the Leavenworth Police Department.
    Known as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the crackdown is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
    Kansas averages nearly five persons injured every day and one person killed every three days in alcohol-related crashes.
    According to KDOT, if a person is involved in such a crash ― in any capacity ― he or she is two and one-half times more likely to be injured and four-and-one-half times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than someone involved in a crash in which alcohol is not determined to be a factor. The ratio of death to injury in alcohol-related crashes is almost four times higher than the death to injury ratio for non-alcohol related crashes.
    Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said, “I want this enforcement to remind drivers of several things. First, if you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by planning ahead and lining someone up who is not going to be drinking to get you back. Don’t wait until it’s time to go home to start asking around. Chances are, if you do that, you will wind up with a driver who thinks he’s sober enough to be driving, but may not be.
    “Second, picture families you know, and then consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking ― a decision which brought injury or death to one of them.
    “Third, we can pull you over for any number of traffic infractions and mechanical deficiencies. If we do and we detect a hint of alcohol you will be tested. If you fail the test you’re looking at a fine of $500-$2,500; up to one year in jail; the suspension or even permanent loss of your driver’s license; and the installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. Imagine not being able to start your car without blowing into the interlock’s alcohol sensor several times during an afternoon’s errands. Don’t take the chance; it’s not worth it.
    “Fourth, we ask everyone to be our eyes when on the road. If you see suspicious driving behaviors take note of location and direction, as well as the vehicle’s description, and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so.
    “Fifth, you can count on this department to enforce impaired driving laws ― during this campaign and all year long.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Finally, always remember that the best protection against a drunk driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints ― every trip, every time. They save lives and reduce serious injury every day.”
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