Wichita PD to ramp up patrols at high-risk intersections

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Police Department has released a list of highly congested and crash-prone areas, hoping drivers will take notice.

In the last week, the department noted the most number of crashes at the intersections of Harry and Rock, Kellogg and Greenwich and Central and Rock, according to the east bureau's Facebook page. Other bureaus across town are doing similar initiatives.

"We want to educate them: these are the places where people are having the same incidents," said Capt. Kevin Mears with the police Traffic Division. "You may not be the problem, but if you're going through these intersections a lot, and someone else isn't paying attention... you might get brought into it."

His patrol officers have investigated numerous wrecks, mostly due to vehicles failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The department highlighted those specific intersections and promised increased enforcement, especially during rush hours.

"We don't have quotas. You can put that on the record; that's fine. You want them issuing citations so the public stops what they're doing before someone gets hurt," he said.

The department has noted several wrecks in construction zones, Kellogg and Greenwich being one of them. Mears said, typically, the department sees a higher number of wrecks when construction projects first begin. After a few days, he said drivers either adjust to the new traffic patterns or seek alternate routes.

The bureau typically posts its list of dangerous intersections on Mondays.

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