The El Dorado Police Department, along with other area police agencies, will be participating in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, from Monday through Sunday. 

A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation will enable the department to have more officers present on area roadways to aggressively enforce Kansas traffic laws. They will be looking especially for those driving impaired and for children, teens and adults who are not properly restrained.

Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, endanger themselves, their passengers, other motorists and pedestrians.  Across Kansas, six persons – most of them innocent – are killed or injured in nine alcohol-related crashes each day.  According to KDOT, compared with non alcohol-related crashes, vehicle occupants in alcohol-related crashes are over 2 1/2 times more likely to be injured or killed. Each week across Kansas nearly 350 drivers are arrested for Driving Under the Influence.  Sometimes overlooked is the cold fact that a DUI conviction will result in suspension of the driver’s license and made a permanent part of the driver’s record.

“Keep in mind that if you are going to be drinking – any amount at all– don’t consider driving home,” said Deputy Chief Curt Zieman. “Arrange to ride with a non-drinking acquaintance. Don’t let pride or convenience endanger your life and the lives of innocent others. 

Failure to buckle up is also responsible for needless death and maiming.  Those who do not buckle up are about 12 times more likely to be killed and almost twice as likely to suffer injury as those who do buckle up. Hidden by these statistics is the fact that injuries suffered by those who are unbuckled are likely to be much more severe and disabling than those suffered when an occupant is restrained. 

“Always wear your seatbelt and don’t move the vehicle until each person riding with you is restrained – it is your best defense, it’s their best defense, and it’s the law,” Zieman said. “ By always following these simple rules, you will preserve life – maybe your own – and certainly your cash.  Let us catch you breaking the law and it will cost you!”