Drivers in Johnson County are asked to be alert to heightened traffic enforcement starting Aug. 18 through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
There will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunk driving laws as well as other traffic related laws.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will participate with 150 other local police agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol to detect and remove impaired drivers and to promote education on the dangers of impaired driving.
Each day, 61 persons are injured and 3 persons are killed on Kansas roads in alcohol-related crashes. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, persons involved in an alcohol- related crash, in any capacity, are 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 if they were involved in a crash in which alcohol was determined not 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.
“The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will use all of its resources to enforce impaired driving laws,” said Sheriff Frank Denning. “Any effort to minimize the impact of drunk driving is paramount to our duty. We want everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend but please do so responsibly.”
In addition, there will be increased enforcement of the seat belt law.
The aim is to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when unbelted drivers and passengers are involved in alcohol and non-alcohol related crashes.
The number of serious injuries is dramatically reduced when seat belts are worn.
For more information on occupant related issues, contact the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office at 1-(800) 416-2522. For help with child safety seat installation please call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at (913) 791-5400.