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Posted on July 1, 2021 at 10:22 AM by Shayndel Jones
Many people will celebrate the holiday weekend by hitting the road and traveling to and through the Sunflower State. The Kansas Turnpike Authority, Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Highway Patrol are partnering to remind motorists to travel safely during Independence Day and throughout the rest of the summer.
“As travelers take to the highways throughout the holiday weekend, there are steps they can take to make it to their destination safely,” said Kansas Highway Patrol Colonel Herman T. Jones. “Any time you ride in a vehicle, buckle up and make sure children are in the appropriate child safety seats. For those planning to drink over the weekend, designate your sober driver before you celebrate. We want people to enjoy the festivities, but we also want them to be safe.”
From July 2 through July 5, Patrol personnel will be working in support of the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) enforcement along with personnel from other states. C.A.R.E. focuses on occupant protection, impaired driving laws and other crash-causing traffic violations. C.A.R.E.’s goal is increased safety and ease of travel on our nation’s roadways.
Kansas Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz said the first thing every driver should do when getting behind the wheel is buckle up. The second is to make sure every passenger does the same.
“This Fourth of July C.A.R.E. enforcement campaign is laser focused on saving lives,” said Secretary Lorenz. “Please do your part by making sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt.”
Before travelers pack their cars, they can check their route for potential delays or construction with the help of KanDrive at www.kandrive.org. KanDrive includes camera images, interactive maps and links to rest areas and travel and tourism sites.
“We can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared for any summer travel. Have an emergency kit with lots of water handy,” said Kansas Turnpike Authority CEO Steve Hewitt. “For our travelers on the Turnpike, if you find yourself needing roadside assistance, our State Farm Safety Assist program is available in our busy corridors. Simply call *KTA (*582).”
The agencies wish everyone safe travels during the upcoming holiday. If you need help on a Kansas highway, call KHP for assistance at *47 (*HP) or *582 (*KTA) for the Kansas Turnpike.
As you enjoy summer travels and celebrate Independence Day, the agencies offer some tips:
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