Kansas City Police Chief James Corwin called the results of a driver’s license checkpoint Thursday night “staggering.” Out of the 709 cars that were stopped Thursday night at a checkpoint, 53 drivers had no license to drive, he wrote on his blog today.
“That’s roughly one out of every 13 cars,” Corwin wrote. “Many of these illegal drivers had children in their cars.”
The checkpoint was conducted at 57th and Prospect from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Twenty five drivers were found driving with a revoked or suspended license. Five of those were persistent offenders. Twenty-eight had no drivers’ license, and two persistent offenders were arrested for DUI.
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Two drug arrests were made, and thirty-four people had issues with warrants.
Those found driving on a revoked or suspended license must post $5,000 cash-only bond and could face prison time if convicted.
Kansas City police have been ramped up license checkpoints since 12-year-old Damian Slayton was killed on March 27 by a man with 16 prior convictions for driving while his license was revoked.
“The senseless death of Damian Slayton really drove home how important it is to get these dangerous drivers off the road,” Corwin wrote on Thursday. “Driving is a privilege, and these drivers had that privilege taken away for a good reason.”
Compared with licensed drivers, unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, 3.7 times more likely to drive while impaired and 4.4 times more likely to be in hit-and-run crashes, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.