Kansas law enforcement out in full force for 4/20 weekend

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office will join other law enforcement agencies to stop impaired driving later this week. 

The "Impaired Driving Campaign" begins Friday, April 19 and goes through Saturday, April 20, which is unofficially known as Weed Day.

The sheriff's office says impaired driving "has been an increasing epidemic for the past several years."

Authorities across a six-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around city, state and federal highways, the sheriff's office said in a news release. 

"Impaired driving is not a victimless crime. All available Drug Recognition Expert and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement officers will be out in force in an effort to remove this danger," the release said. 

Officers will issue citations to anyone who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for driving while impaired, speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up. 

Sheriff Jeff Easter says, “Even one death is unacceptable. Please don’t drive while impaired, slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.”

The sheriff's office will join law enforcement in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.