Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Enforcement

The Overland Park Police Department will be participating in the Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, from Monday, November 21 through Sunday, November 27. This grant funded project from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will specially target impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who are not properly restrained.

According to KDOT, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (Wednesday-Sunday) commonly outranks all other holidays in its number of alcohol-related crashes. Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs endanger not only themselves, but also their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. A Driving Under the Influence conviction can result in jail time, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, fines, participation in an alcohol treatment program, possible impoundment of their vehicle, and installation of an ignition interlock device in that vehicle.

Failure to take two seconds to simply buckle up can be responsible for needless death and maiming. Drivers and passengers who do not buckle up are about 12 times more likely to be killed and almost twice as likely to suffer injury as those who do buckle up. This applies regardless of speed and whether on city street, county road, or highway.

Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking – any amount at all– don’t consider driving home. Don’t let pride or concerns for your convenience endanger your life and the lives of innocent others. Always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until each person riding with you is buckled in. It is your best defense, it’s their best defense, and it’s the law. By always following these simple rules, you will increase the safety of you and your passengers and avoid a costly DUI conviction.