Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Enforcement Campaign Announced
Starting Friday, November 20 and going through Sunday, Nov 29, 2020, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office will be joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign.
"Historically there is a significant increase in travel during the time surrounding the Thanksgiving Holiday," stated Sheriff David Groves in announcing the enforcement campaign.
"With the potential for increased travelers, along with events and gatherings where alcohol is commonly consumed, we want to help make sure all motorists on Cherokee County roadways get to and from their destinations safely."
"In an effort to do that, there will be additional law enforcement on area roadways, specifically focused those who are driving unsafe," continued Sheriff Groves.
A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will support overtime enforcement efforts. While all Kansas Traffic Laws will be enforced, this extra provision will be aggressively targeting and removing impaired drivers from our roads.
According to KDOT, the day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. Those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, are a danger to all they share the road with. On average, across Kansas, three people are injured every day, and one person is killed every four days in alcohol/drug-related crashes. Vehicle occupants in alcohol- or other drug-related crashes are over 2 ½ times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes where alcohol or other drugs were not a factor.