Thursday, March 31, 2011

Extra DUI Enforcement on Friday April 1st

On Friday, April 1, 2011, the Overland Park Police Department will conduct another DUI Saturation Patrol. Four officers and a supervisor from the Traffic Safety Unit will work from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am looking for impaired drivers.

Last year in Overland Park, there were 193 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol was also a contributing factor in several fatality accidents. Drivers convicted of Driving Under the Influence face severe penalties.

On a first conviction, state law requires the driver to be sentenced to not less than 48 consecutive hours' nor more than six months' imprisonment and fined not less than $500 nor more than $1000. You will also be required to pay for and attend an alcohol and/or drug evaluation, as well as an alcohol or drug education program. Don't forget the cost of an attorney. Total cost: $3000 to $5000.