WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Kansas Department of Transportation is trying to lower the number of car crashes on state highways.

It is starting with what they call safety corridor signs on I-135 between Wichita and Newton and three other stretches of highway in the state.

The safety corridor program also puts more law enforcement on these roads to patrol, as well as better driver educational programs and public service announcements. KDOT says it chose highways in Harvey, Finney, Crawford, and Pottawatomie Counties due to the high number of crashes in the past six years.

From 2016 to 2021, the highway patrol reported 216 crashes on that part of I-135 in Harvey, killing or hurting more than 400 people.

Raeliegh Pacheco is from Nebraska, and spent the weekend visiting a friend in Wichita. She's also a mother and cares deeply about highway safety, especially on busy roads like I-135. "I think having a little bit more law enforcement or a little more of the laws enforced would definitely help a little bit."

To learn more about this pilot program, click here.