Archive for Thursday, October 1, 2009

New traffic laws taking effect in city

October 1, 2009

On July 1, 2009, some new laws were passed that will affect all drivers in one way or another. Everyone has had some time to adjust to these new laws, and I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of these changes and recap them, as follows:

• Right lane law: Mandates that if you are driving on a highway outside the corporate limits of any city, divided into two or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction, you cannot drive in the far left lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle, preparing to make a legal left turn, directed by a traffic control device or otherwise directed by law enforcement.

• Move it law: Mandates that if you are a driver of a non-hazardous materials transporting vehicle and are involved in a non-injury accident on an interstate, U.S. highway or any divided or multi-lane roadway in Kansas, you are required to move the vehicles out of the lane of traffic.

This law was intended to keep drivers and passengers safe by getting them out of the lane of traffic.

Move the vehicles to a safe location such as a shoulder or the nearest exit. You can then exchange information or call law enforcement. Keep in mind law enforcement should always be contacted if there are any injuries, the vehicles cannot be moved, if it appears alcohol may be involved, damage exceeds $1,000, the driver does not have insurance or driver leaves the scene of the accident.

Both of these laws are now in effect. However, during the first year, motorists will receive warnings in lieu of a citation. After June 30, 2010, violators of these laws could receive a $60 citation.

One other law that is commonly overlooked is regarding when your headlights are required to be on. Kansas law clearly states that head lamps must be illuminated from sunset to sunrise, when other vehicles cannot be seen at a distance of 1,000 feet due to fog, smoke or unfavorable conditions, and when windshield wipers are in continuous use as a result of rain, sleet, or snow.

As fall and winter approach, it is a good idea to understand these laws, as it is certain the weather will be unfavorable at times, and there will be some unfortunate accidents and it is going to rain. Please drive carefully and obey the laws.

If you would like any additional information about these laws or have any other questions, please contact me, Chief Martley, at the Basehor Police Department at (913) 724-1370.


Jason Bailey 8 years, 7 months ago

Because I know you simply forgot to write this, I'll add it for you, Chief:

Addendum: "One last reminder: Be sure you are not going even 1/2 mile over the speed limit on 155th or we'll nail you to the wall. We have speed traps everywhere and have now equipped school children with radar guns and police radios to broaden our terrorizing, er, enforcement. Also be sure your car stereos are not turned up above a whisper or we'll also nail you to said wall. We know where you live."


jcbpd 8 years, 7 months ago

Jason2007, I read a comment from you on children not being respectful anymore like our generation was. (Yes, also from Gen-x.) I read your comment to the police department and must ask who are you to call the pot black when you are very obviously the kettle!

I value the rights men, women, families, and I have fought for and gave blood or our very lives to protect. I would only ask you to step outside the box and look at some of your words directed at the Officers who in some cases have given up finical and physical security in their lives to protect all people even you! I myself have had two or more speeding tickets but a vendetta was not made against the Police Officers doing a hard and thankless job!

I am so glad I live in a city that BAD PEOPLE or even Good People know that if you come to Basehor you may get stopped for speeding or just checked out by a Cop or two. Cool or safe city is what most people would think.

By the way, I think writing things down can help some people feel better, I hope this is your way of expelling your Daemons without hurting yourself or others, good for you!

I would just respectfully ask that you get some more or better facts when it comes to the Basehor Police Department. I see you put a lot of good thought into your Government comments, please do the same and know that the police have one of the worst jobs in the world. MOST do it for the families, children, and the knowledge that they do help people.

PS. If someone tells you that they were pulled over for going two or five over, not likely. (EX) Jason, pay attention to this sometime,,, If you pass a Police officer what is the very first thing you do? Yes,, push your foot into that break and hard if your speeding, You may even talk to God for a second at the same time. The second thing you do is look down at your speed. This is a visual reaction and is involuntary. Your eye sees cop tells foot what to do, then will tell your eyes to check to see if you’re going to get pulled over. I have talked to and know that even police and other Law enforcement do the same thing, in their personal cars. (It starts when we are children and see our mom or dad gets a ticket or slow down for Law enforcement, then us as teen’s elt.) Please just keep this in your mind. Thanks.

Respectfully JC


Jason Bailey 8 years, 7 months ago

JC: Not every single comment that I ever make is serious. I would hope that people would be able to discern when someone is being sarcastic and when someone is being serious. My comments regarding govt and to some of Clausie's op-eds are serious. My comments to the Chief are not.

You put alot of thought into your post back to me and I respect that. You were also civil which is rare in this day and age -- especially in the forums.

Let me go on the record as saying that I do respect what the police, fire, and other public officials do for the citizens of Basehor. With that said, I do believe that the police pick and choose which laws to enforce and which to ignore. The article a few weeks back from the Chief warning people "You better not turn up your stereos or you're gonna get it!" (my Cliff's notes version) came across as tripe. Just a couple of weeks ago I was waiting by Casey's at 155th and 24-40. The light turned green for me and was about to enter the intersection when a truck flew through in front of me, obviously running the red light his direction. A policeman was opposite of me by First State Bank...he did nothing. Now that is a public hazard that should be enforced! But I bet if that truck had some heavy bass pumping as he blew through the red light (according to the Chief), he'd be hauled in.

That's where I'm coming from. It seems to me that laws which truly do affect the lives of people are not being enforced while other (trivial) laws are. At least, the threat of them being enforced is more visible which leads me to that assumption.

That's why I posted the satirical comment.


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