The Kansas Highway Patrol, along with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Enforcement Campaign starting today. This special Traffic Enforcement Program – STEP is funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation and is intended to minimize traffic-related injuries and fatalities. The program runs through Saturday, November 29th.
The KHP and other agencies will focus on impaired drivers, child passenger safety laws, and seat belt use among travelers of all ages. Because of the STEP campaign funding, there will be more law enforcement officers on Kansas’ streets and highways during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period when travel increases in Kansas and across the nation.
During the 2008 Thanksgiving reporting period nationally, there were 746 collisions resulting in 208 injuries, and 4-deaths. Of these crashes, 62 were alcohol related.
KHP Superintendent Terry Maple says, “The Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state join KDOT in recognizing the importance and life-saving value of extra law enforcement presence during the high-travel holiday season.”