Thursday, November 4, 2010

Special Patrols for Impaired Drivers

Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs pose a significant threat to the motoring public. Each year, thousands of motorists are killed in this country as a result of an impaired driver. Removing impaired drivers from our roadways is a top priority of this department. Beginning later this month and continuing through the end of the year, the Overland Park Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit will conduct several Impaired Driving Saturation Patrols. These special patrols, which consist of four officers and a supervisor, are for the sole purpose of arresting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The officers assigned to the Saturation Patrols have significant experience in DUI apprehension. The patrols will also include officers specially trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). An officer certified as a DRE has received extensive training in identifying a driver who is under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs. Saturation Patrols typically occur on weekend nights from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am, and concentrate on heavily traveled streets and highways. To report an impaired driver in Overland Park, call Police Dispatch at 648-6200 or 911.