Thanksgiving DUI Enforcement Campaign Announced


Beginning Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 29, the Russell Police Department will join many other law enforcement agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving safe arrival traffic enforcement campaign.

While all Kansas traffic laws will be enforced, extra determination will be used to aggressively target and remove impaired drivers from our roads.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. Those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs are a danger to all they share the road with – their passengers, other motorists and their passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Impaired driving crashes tend to be more severe. On average, across Kansas, three persons are injured every day, and one person is killed every four days in alcohol or drug-related crashes. Vehicle occupants in alcohol or other drug-related crashes are over two and a half times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.

Each week across Kansas over 250 drivers are arrested for choosing to drive impaired (driving under the influence). A DUI conviction will result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of driver's license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program and, where alcohol is cited as a contributing factor, the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device by the offender. This device prevents the vehicle from starting if alcohol is present in the driver’s breath. All of this is in addition to thousands of dollars more for bail, court costs and attorney fees.

If you are going to be drinking – any amount at all – don’t consider driving home. Arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance before you go out.

(Information courtesy Russell Police Department.)