Law enforcement around Kansas, including in Abilene, are mobilizing over Labor Day Weekend working additional hours to help keep Kansas roads safe, and to help decrease the number of drunk drivers.
The Kansas Highway Patrol joins 150 other local law enforcement agencies across the state to participate in the Kansas Department of Transportation’s STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. The STEP program allows officers to work overtime hours, providing extra manpower on the roads and focusing on areas such as occupant protection, enforcing impaired driving laws, enforcing the state’s texting laws, and other traffic safety issues. This year’s focus for the Labor Day weekend is on preventing impaired driving.
If you’re traveling for the Labor Day holiday, the Patrol offers the following tips:
- Check your vehicle’s condition, including tires, fluid levels, and mechanical equipment.
- Check road conditions at www.kandrive.org to look for construction or delays on your route.
- Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
- Always designate a sober driver beforehand if you will be consuming alcohol.
- Buckle up and make sure your children are in the appropriately-fitted child safety seats.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle with essentials such as water, flashlights, chargers, blankets, and non-perishable food.
The Patrol wishes all of those traveling and utilizing the state’s roadways safe travels. If you need assistance on a Kansas highway, call KHP for assistance at *47 (*(HP), or for those traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, call *582 (*KTA).