Memorial Day impaired driving patrols

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You might have noticed more traffic on the roads this holiday weekend.
While the roads were busy, so were the men and women in uniform patrolling the streets.

Master Trooper Chad Crittenden, with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said "we're seeing the possibility for more crashes, more DUIs enforcement since there are a greater number of vehicles on the roadway."

With the holiday weekend comes more alcohol or drug related incidents. Law enforcement say what gives this drivers away are their lack of basic driving skills. "Failing to use a turn signal, unsafe lane change, driving over the posted speed limit, driving under the posted speed limit, driving off the roadway," said Trooper Crittenden.

KHP only gave about eight tickets for impaired driving this weekend. Wichita Police Department says they tackled this holiday weekend by having more patrols. Sgt. John Hoofer, WPD, said "the more enforcement time that we have then the better we are at affecting at fatal accident."

WPD was able to do this through a special STEP grant. "It's a program from the state which gives us additional money to use as overtime on the weekend to put extra people on the street," said Sgt. Hoofer.

No matter what holiday or occasion, law enforcement suggest you plan ahead for a ride home, if you plan on drinking. "We encourage people to have fun but do it responsibly by calling taxis or having a designated driver to take you to and from point A to point B," said Crittenden.

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