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Nov 27

2019-12: KHP Encourages and Gives Tips for Safer Thanksgiving Travel

Posted on November 27, 2019 at 10:49 AM by Shayndel Jones

NEWS  RELEASE  –  November 26, 2019 #2019-12


CONTACT: Lieutenant Adam Winters, KHP PIO, (785) 296-6800

KHP Encourages and Gives Tips for Safer Thanksgiving Travel
Troopers will be out on the roads to assist motorists throughout the holiday weekend

This week Kansas roads will be busy with holiday travelers going to and from their destinations. The Kansas Highway Patrol, along with other law enforcement agencies across the state, will participate in the annual Special Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The STEP program is courtesy of a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. 

The Patrol and other agencies will focus on impaired drivers, child passenger safety laws and seat belt use among travelers of all ages. Because of the program, there will be more law enforcement officers on Kansas streets and highways during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period while travel increases. 

Before hitting the road for travels, the Patrol encourages motorists to take the following things into consideration: 
Make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Check tires’ tread depth and air pressure; check the vehicle’s fluids, exhaust system and other mechanical equipment. If traveling in cold conditions, make sure added precautions are taken for the cold weather.
  • The vehicle should also be stocked with items that would be beneficial if you were involved in a crash, such as bottled water, blankets, non-perishable food, first aid kit and flashlight with extra batteries. 
  • Make sure to plan your route of travel and communicate this to your family in case you are involved in a crash or experience mechanical problems with your vehicle.
  • Charge your cell phone before you leave in order to make important calls if needed. 
  • Dress for the weather. If you plan to travel in cold weather, make sure you have a coat in the vehicle and warm shoes in case you need to stop for any reason. 
  • Check your route of travel for road conditions and/or construction work or other delays before you leave. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) provides a 511 road condition hotline for motorists to use. Call 5-1-1 from any phone or visit to check road conditions in the state of Kansas. 
If travelers are in need of assistance on a Kansas highway, they can dial *47 (*HP) for the Kansas Highway Patrol, or dial *582 (*KTA) on the Kansas Turnpike, and we’ll send someone to assist. We wish all of our travelers a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

The Patrol reminds motorists not to drink and drive, and do not let your family or friends drive while impaired. If you consume alcohol, call a friend, family member or rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft for a sober ride home.

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