Monday, July 20, 2015

Results of the July 17th DUI Check Lane

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department and several Kansas police agencies conducted a DUI Check Lane on Friday, July 17, 2015.  The DUI Check Lane was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving. 

Please review the results below:

521 -    Vehicles entered the Check Lane

32   -    Drivers tested for DUI                      

3     -    Drivers arrested for DUI

6     -    Transporting Open Container (Alcohol)

1     -    Battery LEO

3     -    Possession of Drugs

4     -    Minor in Possession of Alcohol

4     -    Other Arrests

Friday, July 17, 2015

To Be Or Not To Be - Impaired Driving

The following blog was written a year ago around this time by Traffic Safety Officer, Michelle Koos , who has a knack for writing thought provoking stories for our readers. She's worked for several years in our Traffic Division specializing in DUI enforcement and responding to multiple fatality accidents. It's safe to say that she speaks from experience so it's very fitting that we re-post this in light of tonight's DUI Check Lane.

To Be Or Not To Be - Impaired 

Do a search on the internet regarding fatalities related to DUI’s and the numbers you are likely to find are staggering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2012 10,322 people died in drunk driving crashes. That’s 1 death every 51 minutes.

In 2012, 239 children under the age of 14 were killed in DUI crashes. Of those, 124 were riding WITH the drunk driver.

It’s not like we haven’t seen the public service announcements. It’s not like we can claim we didn't know. Even if there weren't public service announcements, word of mouth would probably get the message out there. After all in 2011 there were over 1.2 million drivers arrested for DUI.
But here’s something you might not know, in 2009 NHTSA did a study and found that 18% of the reported fatality crashes involved drugs OTHER than alcohol. That includes all those street drugs most people know about like marijuana, cocaine or meth and even the drugs you might not think of like prescription drugs and even some over the counter medications.

This Friday (tonight) the Overland Park Police Department is going to be doing another DUI check lane. Yes, another one. Because as long as people are making the choice to drink and drive and running the risk of forever changing someone else’s life or that of loved ones, we will be out there taking enforcement action.

This is not one of those times where asking for forgiveness later is better than asking for permission first so here’s what you can do to be proactive:

Prior to drinking or partying, pick a NON-drinking and sober designated driver or make plans to take a cab.

Don’t let your friends drive impaired.

If you are hosting a party where alcohol is served, remind your guests to make plans ahead and offer alcohol free beverages. We would recommend not serving drugs of any kind as a party snack or favor – not only is it a bad idea, it’s illegal.
Make sure your guests leave with a sober and unimpaired driver.

As always, you can make a plan for your own ride, or we can arrange one for you. Drive safe and no offense, but we hope we don’t have to see you Friday (tonight).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Don't Leave Your Pet Inside a Hot Car

The hot, humid days of summer have arrived and are always a dangerous time for pets, especially those left inside hot cars.
Every year across the country, countless animals die after being locked in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run other errands. Overland Park Animal Control officers routinely respond to about 20 calls a week on reports of pets left inside unattended vehicles.

When it’s just 85 degrees outside, the seating area of a car (even with the windows rolled down) can heat up to over 100 degrees in 15 minutes. Within 30 minutes, the temperature can reach 120 degrees. Because of this danger it’s a good idea to keep your pet at home on hot days if there’s a chance the pets could be left alone in the vehicle.

Great Plains SPCA 
Overland Park Animal Control officers can forcibly rescue a pet if it is determined there is danger to the animal. Each officer carries a gauge to determine the interior temperature of a vehicle.

While we understand that pet owners are not intentionally trying to harm their pets, they can be subject to prosecution for animal cruelty.

Next time you think it will take only a minute, consider your pet’s safety and well-being. Its life is dependent on your careful consideration.

If you see a pet inside a car on a hot day, call 913/895-6300 and police dispatchers will notify an animal control officer.

For more information and hot weather tips for your pets, visit the Great Plains SPCA for more information:

Monday, June 8, 2015

Explorers Participate in the 2015 Police Explorer Challenge

On Saturday, June 6th, the Overland Park Police Department participated in the Explorer Challenge. The training was hosted by the OPPD and held at the University of St. Mary (11413 Pflumm Road, OP) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Explorers who participated in this year’s event were from  the Overland Park, Olathe, Spring Hill, and the Grain Valley Police Departments.

Explorer advisors critiqued the explorers as they investigated various scenario-based training exercises.

The scenarios this year were:

• Physical Agility Course

• Traffic Stops

• Shooting Range

• Building Searches

• Domestic Disturbance

• Subject Refusing to Leave Disturbance

• Bomb Threat

• Pedestrian Check/Suspicious Subject

• Missing Person

At the end of the day the explorers with the best scores from each department received awards for their outstanding performances.

The challenge gave the explorers the opportunity to participate in real-life scenarios and to gain firsthand experience on the daily activities of law enforcement.

The following are the qualifications to become an Explorer:

1. Must be an 8th grade graduate between 14-20 years of age

2. Have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher

3. Have no misdemeanor convictions (including alcohol) in the last year

4. Have no felony convictions

5. Have a current and valid driver's license

6. Cannot be on diversion or probation.

Those who are interested in becoming an Explorer will be required to complete an application and pay a minimal fee. Overland Park residency is not required to participate. In addition, the Explorer program meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If you have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming an Explorer, please call 913-895-6288 for more information.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Results of the 2015 Click It or Ticket Campaign

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department conducted a Memorial Day – Click it or Ticket - S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 18, through May 31. The campaign was conducted with the principle focus on adult, teen, and child seat restraint violations. Officers also looked for speeding violations, texting while driving violations, bicyclist violations, pedestrian violations, and DUI violations to help reduce alcohol related auto accidents.       
Please review the statistical results: 
  • 337.25 - Hours worked by officers assigned to the grant
  •  817 - Vehicles stopped 
  •  12 - Speeding violations
  • 774 - Seat belts (18 years or older)
  • 12 - Safety Belts (14-17 years of age) 
  • 3 - Safety Belts (8-13 years of age)
  • 5 - Booster Seats (4-7 years of age)
  • 2 - Child Seats (0-3 years old)
  • 4 - Texting While Driving
  • 155 - Hazardous Moving Violations
  • 86 - Other Violations
  • 6 - Warrant Arrests
  • 4 - Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests
  • 3 - Other Arrests
Sgt. Scott Ferguson
Overland Park Police Department
Traffic Safety Unit   


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Help Us Identify Thief Using Stolen Credit Card

On May 29th, at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon, an Overland Park resident had her passenger side window smashed and her purse stolen. Inside her purse was a debit card which used soon after at a local gas station. Any help in identifying the pictured male and his vehicle would be greatly appreciated.

Suspect: A white male in his 20s or 30s with brown hair and a brown beard (longer near the chin), wearing a long-sleeved red shirt, blue jeans, black hat and black and white tennis shoes. 

Vehicle: A silver Lincoln Town Car, 2002 to 2012 model year, with no license plate on the front, however, the black bracket for the front license plate has been installed.

If you have any information, please contact Det. Wimsatt at 913-344-8742 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign Begins Today

The Overland Park, Kansas Police Department will be conducting a Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” S.T.E.P. Campaign from May 18th through the end of the month.

This task is being conducted with the principle focus on Child Seat Restraints and Seat belt enforcement. Officers will aggressively enforce Kansas occupant restraints and other traffic laws as part of the 2015 Kansas Click It or Ticket traffic enforcement Campaign. This activity is supported by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Drivers on the roadways of Overland Park can expect strict enforcement of Safety Belt Use and Child Passenger Safety violations.

Children under the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat; children ages four through seven who are under 80 pounds and under 4’9” tall must be securely belted into an approved booster seat; and children ages eight through 13 must be secured in a safety belt.

Officers working this campaign will also be strictly enforcing speeding and DUI violations. During last year’s campaign, officers stopped a total of 960 vehicles and issued 1278 citations. 926 of that total accounted for some type of seat belt or child seat restraint citation.

Buckling up your seat belt has been proven to be the single most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in motor vehicle crashes. Most people who die in collisions are not wearing a safety belt.