Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Operation Impact Today

Overland Park Officers will be patrolling the major highways today as part of Operation Impact. More than 40 different agencies will be out on the major highways and byways with the goal of making the roadways safer. They will be targeting aggressive driving, seat belt violations and other violations which cause accidents or increase the severity of accidents.


The Mission

To establish a cooperative effort among law enforcement agencies and create an alliance to reduce the number of people injured in accidents and decrease the dollar amount of property loss directly associated to vehicular accidents. The agencies will not only use enforcement techniques to reduce speeding, but also will use the media as a resource to inform the public of the problem, in an effort to gain voluntary compliance to the speeding limits.

Operation Impact History

In December of 1989, six local law enforcement agencies met in Overland Park, Kansas with representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The meeting was called to discuss the speeding problem throughout the United States. It was decided at this meeting that the speeding problem in the metropolitan area of Kansas City needed closer attention; attention on a metropolitan wide basis and scope. The six law enforcement agencies decided to meet again in January of 1990 to develop strategies for attacking this speeding problem. The six agencies participating were: Overland Park Police Department, Kansas City Missouri Police Department, Independence Missouri Police Department, Kansas City Kansas Police Department, and both Kansas and Missouri Highway Patrols.

It was decided at this second meeting that these six agencies would ally themselves together in a common effort to impact speeding in the metropolitan area. The purpose of this alliance was to reduce the number of people injured in accidents and the dollar amount of property loss directly associated to vehicular accidents.

Since its inception in 1989, more than 40 agencies have taken part in the campaign.