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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • DUI enforcement to increase starting Thursday

  • Be warned that during the period Aug. 14 through Labor Day, Sept. 1, there will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunken driving and other traffic laws as the McPherson Police Department participates, along with almost 150 other local and state police agencies across the state, in a crackdown aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways.
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  • Be warned that during the period Aug. 14 through Labor Day, Sept. 1, there will be additional enforcement of Kansas drunken driving and other traffic laws as the McPherson Police Department participates, along with almost 150 other local and state police agencies across the state, in a crackdown aimed at removing impaired drivers from the roadways.
    Known as You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., the enforcement is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
    Kansas averages four persons injured every day, and one person killed every three days, in alcohol-related crashes. According to KDOT, if you are involved in such a crash — in any capacity — you are two times more likely to be injured and almost six times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than if you are involved in a crash in which alcohol is not determined to be a factor. The ratio of death to injury in alcohol-related crashes is almost seven times higher than the death to injury ratio for non-alcohol related crashes.
    Lt. Stan Neufeld of the McPherson Police Department said, “I want You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. to remind drivers of several things:
    “First, if you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by planning ahead and lining someone up who is not going to be drinking to get you back. Don’t wait until it’s time to go home to start asking around. Chances are, if you do that, you will wind up with a driver who thinks he or she is sober enough to be driving, but who may not be.
    “Second, picture families you know, and then consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking — a decision which brought injury or death to one of them.
    “Third, we can pull you over for any number of traffic infractions and mechanical deficiencies. If we do and we detect a hint of alcohol, you will be tested. If you fail the test, you’re looking at a fine of $500-$2,500; up to one year in jail; the suspension, or even permanent loss, of your driver’s license; and the installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. Imagine not being able to start your car without blowing into the interlock’s alcohol sensor several times during an afternoon’s errands. Don’t take the chance; it’s not worth it.
    “Fourth, we need everyone to be our eyes on the road. If you see suspicious driving behaviors, take note of location and direction, and the vehicle’s description, and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so. You may save a life.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Fifth, you can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving laws — not just during this campaign, but all year long.
    “Finally, always remember that the best protection against a drunk driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints — every trip, every time. They save lives and reduce serious injury every day.”

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