The Arkansas City Police Department will join other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Safe Arrival traffic enforcement campaign. It begins on Monday and runs through Sunday, December 1st. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation will underwrite overtime traffic
enforcement that specifically aims at removing impaired drivers from roadways and ticketing vehicle occupants who are improperly restrained or unrestrained, or whose children are unrestrained. The day before Thanksgiving sees more impairment-related crashes than any other day of the year. Each week across Kansas, more than 250 drivers are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program, and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device, which requires the offender to blow into a device that measures blood alcohol concentration prior to starting the car.