Friday, September 6, 2013

Laboring Away

338 – that is the number of hours Overland Park Police Officers dedicated to this year’s Labor Day  – You Drink, You Drive, You Lose - S.T.E.P. Campaign.  221 of those hours were worked between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am, meaning the officers pulled several overnight shifts.

 The campaign ran from August 15th through September 2nd, and was conducted with the principle focus on DUI deterrence and detection in an effort to reduce alcohol related accidents.  Officers also looked for speeding violations, seat restraint violations, bicyclist violations, and pedestrian violations. 

 In all, they stopped 563 vehicles which resulted in a total of 256 adult seatbelt violations, 16 juvenile seatbelt violations and 14 DUI arrests.  That’s 272 lives that may remember to buckle up the next time they get into a vehicle and 14 drivers that may have been stopped before altering someone’s life forever.

 It may have been Labor Day weekend.  It may have been a time when most people are taking a few days off from work.  But for the officers, it was another day to make an impact and maybe save a life.