August 18, 2010
In the first seven and a half months of 2010 car crashes have killed 20 people in Sedgwick County, 16 died at the hands of drunk drivers. Now, area law enforcement agencies are joining together to stop the deaths. It's called Operation Impact, and it will allow area officers to work together to prevent car accidents.
Over the weekend three people died in two different accidents on K-254. The Department of Transportation says that is an example of the problems it is seeing on Sedgwick County roads and highways. KDOT brought in 50 officers from more than 15 different area agencies to find solutions to traffic injuries and deaths.
Operation impact will allow smaller police departments to use resources from the larger ones to run, for example, DUI check points or saturation patrols.
Organizers believe by working all together, the number of injuries and deaths on our highways and roads will decrease.