SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – If you’re traveling on Kansas highways this weekend, you may see an increased law enforcement presence. A speed enforcement blitz spanning six states is taking place this weekend.
Kansas Highway Patrol has paired with law enforcement agencies at the county and city level to enforce speed limits and other driving violations in an effort to cut back on fatality wrecks.
“We seem to still be having a large number of injury and fatality car crashes across at least our state of Kansas. A lot of times, the contributing circumstances are speed, so that’s what we ‘re trying to do this weekend is really get out there and get people slowed down through education and enforcement,” trooper Chad Crittenden with KHP said.
In Kansas, 25 percent of fatal crashes are speed-related which closely matches the national average of 27 percent.
Troopers are saturating speed-prone areas and making stops, reminding people of the speed limit and to wear their safety belts.
“Obviously the fatality rate has been high in the last couple years and we’re really trying to drive that down. Me sitting on the side of the road having someone pulled over, hopefully I get four to 500 people during that traffic stop driving by me to see me and slow down as well. Just my officer presence being on the side of the road,” Crittenden said.
The blitz runs through Sunday.