Local law enforcement will be performing a DUI checkpoint this holiday weekend within McPherson city limits.
The DUI checkpoint will be set up beginning Saturday night and continuing into Sunday morning and is a joint effort of the McPherson Police Department and Sheriff’s Office with the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP).
Local law enforcement will also maintain their regular patrol of roads throughout the county. McPherson drivers are reminded to plan ahead whenever drinking is involved and designate a sober driver before the celebrations begin, especially over a holiday weekend when more people are on the roads not just locally but throughout the state and nation as a whole.
Last year in Kansas 417 crashes were reported over the 4thof July weekend. Of those, 33 were alcohol-related. Kansas gas prices that are the lowest since 2005 will boost travel to a record level this year, according to Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas. Gas prices are 44 cents or 17% lower than they were a year ago. AAA Kansas predicts that 3.3 million people in this region will travel more than 50 miles over the holiday – the most Independence Day travelers since 2007.
In 2014, 397 people were killed in traffic crashes throughout the nation during the Fourth of July holiday weekend and 164 of those were alcohol-related.
Law enforcement agencies from across the state will be actively watching for impaired drivers.
“Travelers are going to take to the highway throughout the holiday weekend and we want them to take steps to make it to their destination safely,” KHP Lt. Adam Winters said. “We want people to enjoy the holiday weekend, but we want you to be safe doing so. For those planning to drink over the weekend, designate your sober driver before you celebrate. And any time you ride in a vehicle, buckle up and make sure children are in the appropriate child safety seats.”
Drivers can check KanDrive before leaving home for route delays and construction on www.kandrive.org. KanDrive includes camera images and interactive maps as well as links to rest areas and travel and tourism sites. KanDrive can be accessed from a smartphone.
Much of the same information can be accessed by calling 5-1-1 in Kansas or 1-866-511-KDOT (5368) in the U.S.
Know before you go by using these services from home or in a vehicle that is parked in a safe location. If you are involved in a crash on a Kansas highway call *47 (*HP) from a cell phone for a highway patrol dispatcher or if on the Kansas Turnpike, dial *582 (*KTA) or 911.