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Campaign leads to tickets, arrests

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com

Members of the McPherson Police Department turned up the heat a bit between Aug. 24 through Sept. 7 — part of the annual “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose” campaign.

During those days the department participated in a nearly statewide a crackdown aimed at removing drunk and impaired drivers from the streets. The Campaign was funded by KDOT grants, which paid overtime for extra officers to be on the streets enforcing drinking and driving laws.

During the campaign, McPherson police officers arrested two people for driving under the influence. Officers worked a total of 46 hours and contacted 107 motor vehicle drivers and passengers — writing 80 citations.

“[We] ask everyone to think beofre choosing to drive after drinking,” said said Mikel T. Golden, McPherson Chief of Police in a news release. “Please take a moment to consider how it would be to begin every day with the memory of your decision if it resulted in injury or death. If you are driving impaired, you are not only more likely to crash, but that crash is much more likely to cause serious injury or death.”

The McPherson Police Department also encourages drivers and passengers alike to always wear a seat belt.