Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Traffic Enforcement

The Overland Park Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will conduct high visibility directed traffic enforcement this week. Extra Officers will patrol areas watching for aggressive driving, as well as red light and stop sign violations. Aggressive driving often times results in a motor vehicle accident or road rage incident. Listed below are times and locations of our Department’s high visibility directed traffic enforcement.

  • Wednesday, June 23, 2010, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the 7500 to 7900 block of Metcalf

  • Thursday, June 24, 2010, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the vicinity of 135th Street and US 69 Highway

  • Friday, June 25, 2010, from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, in the area of I-435 Highway and Roe

Motorists who observe aggressive driving in Overland Park are encouraged to report it by calling the Overland Park Police Department at 913-895-6300.

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Traffic Safety officers specially trained in Commercial Vehicle Inspections will be looking for overweight trucks. Before being certified by the State of Kansas to conduct Commercial Vehicle Inspections, Officers must attend an eighty-hour training class. Because overweight trucks take longer to stop, they are more likely to become involved in a motor vehicle accident - often times a rear-end collision. Overweight trucks also take their toll on city streets and highways. Had to swerve to avoid a pothole lately? There's a good chance the pothole was caused by overweight trucks.

On Friday, July 10, 2010, beginning at 11:00 pm, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct a DUI Saturation Patrol. A Saturation Patrol means additional officers will be on the streets looking for impaired drivers. Drivers who appear to be impaired will be pulled over and asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests. Drivers who fail the tests will be placed under arrest and transported to the police station for additional testing. Last year, over 900 impaired drivers were arrested in Overland Park. If you observe a possible impaired driver, you are encouraged to call 911.

The enforcement efforts described above will continue to make the streets and highways in Overland Park safe for all of us.