Basehor police taking part in drunk driving campaign
Beginning Thursday and running through Sept. 2, the Basehor Police Department will be one of several agencies across the state to implement additional enforcement of Kansas drunk driving laws.
The statewide campaign, known as "You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.," is underwritten by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation and is intended to educate about impaired driving. Kansas averages nearly five persons injured per day and one person killed every three days in alcohol-related accidents. According to KDOT, drivers and passengers are 2.5 times more likely to be injured and 4.5 times more likely to be fatally injured or killed in an alcohol-related accident than in an incident not involving alcohol. Overall, the ratio of death to injury in alcohol-related accidents is almost four times higher than that of non-alcohol-related accidents.
Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley offers these tips and reminders to those planning to drink while away from home:
• First, if you're going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by planning ahead and lining someone up who is not going to be drinking to get you back. Don't wait until it's time to go home to start asking around. Chances are, if you do that, you will wind up with a driver who thinks he's sober enough to be driving, but may not be.
• Second, picture families you know, and then consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking — a decision which brought death or injury to one of them.
• Third, we can pull you over for any number of traffic infractions and mechanical deficiencies. If we do and we detect a hint of alcohol, you will be tested. If you fail the test, you're looking at a fine of $500-2,500, up to one year in jail, the suspension or even permanent loss of your driver's license and the installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. Don't take the chance; it's not worth it.
• Fourth, we ask everyone to be our eyes when on the road. If you see suspicious driving behaviors, take note of location and direction, as well as the vehicle's description, and call 911 as soon as it's safe to do so.
• Fifth, you can count on this department to enforce impaired driving laws during this campaign and all year long.