JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNT/KSNW) – If you’re traveling on Kansas highways this weekend, you may see an increased law enforcement presence. A speed enforcement blitz spanning six states is taking place this weekend.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said, “Follow the law or a ticket could be part of your future.”
Kansas Highway Patrol has paired with law enforcement agencies at the county and city level to enforce speed limits and other driving violations in an effort to cut back on fatality wrecks. Kansas is just one of several states cracking down on speeding.
While no one likes getting a ticket, Gardner said they give them out for a reason.
“It’s a penalty that might deter a person to slow down and be accountable to their own actions,” he said.
These actions, he said, can be deadly.
In Kansas, 25 percent of fatal crashes are speed-related which closely matches the national average of 27 percent.
He said it’s a percentage that has grown over the last few years.
“That’s eye opening,” Gardner said. “That’s concerning for me and and it’s concerning for every other trooper and officers across our state to try and figure out what we can do to try and get that number back to being down and downward trending.”