Saturation patrol takes aim at safety

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police and other law enforcement agencies have been out over the weekend, and it’s in effort to make the streets safer.

It’s all a part of KDOT’s weekend long initiative called Operation Impact.

Several agencies, including the Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kansas Highway Patrol beefed up patrols in the area of Kellogg and Highway 254.

KHP Master Trooper Aaron McGuire says these agencies pick a roadway where there has been anything from severe crashes to complaints about driving habits.

“During that time, we look for everything from impaired drivers, to aggressive driving, texting while driving, everything that would cause a crash and would make somebody unsafe behind the wheel,” said McGuire.

While Trooper McGuire says he’s not sure of the numbers yet, he says the saturation patrol has proven to be successful.

“I can say that we had a saturation patrol, the highway patrol did on Friday evening, and in that one we made one DUI arrest. There was also a trooper that made a very good stop, and in that stop, a stolen handgun was recovered. There was also methamphetamines, so it’s been a productive weekend for us so far,” said McGuire.

Also, McGuire says they’re not just writing tickets.

“Our goal through this is not necessarily to just go write a bunch of tickets or anything like that, it’s to be visible and have some deterrent effect where people maybe think twice about how they’re driving,” said McGuire.

Trooper McGuire says they don’t have all the activity they’ve worked over weekend totaled up yet.

He says those figures won’t come out until Monday or Tuesday.

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