Garden City, KS(westernkansasnews.com) August 17 through Labor Day, September 4, Garden City Police will join 150 other local and state police agencies in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from roadways.
The initiative is titled “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” The campaign is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Kansas averages three persons injured every day, and one person killed every three days, in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved is impaired by alcohol and/or another drug. According to KDOT, over the past eight years, the yearly proportion of fatality crashes attributable to alcohol/drug impairment has fluctuated between 22% and 35%.
Drivers and passengers who are involved in such crashes are more than twice as likely to be non-fatally injured, four times as likely to suffer serious injury, and eight times more likely to die from their injuries, than if impairment is not a factor.