Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Police, KHP to Increase Traffic Enforcement Starting Monday

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka Police, KHP to Increase Traffic Enforcement Starting Monday

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The Topeka Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol both have announced increased patrols starting Monday and running through Nov. 29.

A Kansas Department of Transportation grant will pay for law enforcement overtime during the days surrounding Thanksgiving to increase enforcement of impaired driving and seatbelt laws, according to a news release.

The days surrounding Thanksgiving have the second-highest number of crashes related to impaired driving crashes on a holiday, behind only New Year's, according to Topeka police. They define the Thanksgiving holiday as the period Wednesday to Sunday.

About five people in Kansas, on average, die every day in crashes where alcohol or other drugs are a factor, according to Topeka police. While impaired driving isn't the top cause of crashes, it does tend to produce more severe crashes, resulting in higher death and injury rates. …

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