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Safety Stressed for Labor Day Holiday


By the Kansas Highway Patrol


KANSAS — The Kansas Highway Patrol encourages everyone to plan for a safe Labor Day Weekend.  Excessive speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes.  Troopers will be on the roadways enforcing Kansas laws, and available to assist motorists.

The Patrol is participating in the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will have additional enforcement to keep Kansas roadway safe and reduce the number and severity of crashes. It is everyone’s responsibility to travel safely, so we encourage everyone to plan ahead for their celebrations.

“As the summer travel season ends, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be working to ensure our travelers make it to their destinations safely. As you celebrate the upcoming Labor Day weekend, we urge everyone to have a sober driver or use a rideshare service if you have consumed alcohol or any impairing substance.” said Captain Candice Breshears.

If you’re traveling for the Labor Day holiday, the Patrol offers the following tips:

  • Always wear your seatbelt every trip, every time. It’s your best defense against impaired drivers.
  • Check your vehicle’s condition, including tires, fluid levels and mechanical equipment.
  • Check road conditions at to look for construction or delays on your route.
  • Allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination.
  • Buckle up and make sure your children are in the appropriately fitted child safety seats. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle with essentials such as water, flashlights, chargers, and non-perishable food.
  • Always have a sober driver before you drink alcohol away from home or take a sober ride to and from the location if you will be consuming alcohol. Remember, this is your decision.
  • Before you take a new prescription medication, check your medication for driving warnings.
  • Before you choose to drive impaired, think about your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors.

The Patrol wishes safe travels to everyone traveling the state’s roadways. If you need assistance on a Kansas highway, call KHP for assistance at *47 (*HP), or for those traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, call *582 (*KTA).