TOPEKA — A bill that would get tough on speeders on dangerous highways cleared a legislative hurdle Wednesday morning.
The Senate Transportation Committee approved the legislation, which creates special safety corridors on certain highways. It would begin with Kellogg through Wichita and K-10 between Lawrence and Johnson County.
The state would pick highways (not interstates) based on accident and fatality rates coupled with traffic volume.
Drivers speeding through these corridors would be fined double. Signs would be posted alerting motorists that they are entering the safety zone.
The bill would not allow drivers to plead down their violation in exchange for paying a higher fine.
The bill also would eliminate within the safety zone the so-called buffer, which allows speeders to avoid having the violation reported to their insurance company if they aren’t going more than 10 mph over the speed limit.
The bill is intended to answer complaints about speeding on K-10 where 5-year-old Cainan Shutt was killed in a crossover crash last year.
Cainan’s family has been lobbying for improved safety on K-10 and recently got the state to agree to put up guard cable on a couple sections of the highway.
Installation of the guard cables is expected to start this July.