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Jul 01

2021-08: Preparing for Independence Day and Summer Travel

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: 

  • It’s hot out there so make sure your vehicle is in proper working order for the heat of summer - check fluids, tires, air conditioning and cooling system. 
  • When you leave, start with a full tank of gas and a fully charged phone.
  • Plan your route of travel and check www.kandrive.org for construction and other issues with your travel plans. The site also has links to other states’ travel information. Also, be sure to give a family member your travel plans.  
  • As you travel, remember to Move Over for first responders and highway maintenance crews. If you are unable to Move Over, then please Slow Down
  • In case of a break down, keep emergency supplies in your car, including bottles of water, a phone charger, and non-perishable food items. 
  • Ensure everyone in your vehicle is using their seat belt and/or an appropriately fitted child safety seat.
  • Arrange for a designated driver ahead of time if you will be consuming alcohol. Do not drink and drive.
  • If you are hosting a party, have non-alcoholic drink alternatives available for designated drivers. 

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