The Traffic Stop: Debris on Roadway Prohibited

By MPD Officer Marla "Mo" Hawkinson
July 29, 2015

(STO #112 and KSA 8-1583 (

Loose meaning: No one shall intentionally throw or deposit on a roadway any glass, bottles, nails, tacks, wire, cans, or any other substance likely to cause injury to a person, animal, or vehicle.

Those items which are dropped unintentionally must be immediately removed from the roadway. Debris which results from a collision should be cleaned up and removed by the person responsible to remove wrecked or damaged vehicles.

Additionally, in the event debris left on a roadway causes damage to a vehicle the individual responsible could be charged with Criminal Damage to Property. In the case, where the damage exceeds $1,000 the charge could become a felony.

In McPherson, being found responsible for debris left in a roadway will result in a fine of $150 and $120 court costs.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address.

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