WICHITA — A local crackdown on impaired drivers begins next Thursday and extends through Labor Day, authorities said today.
Officials from the Wichita Police Department and the Kansas Department of Transportation said a variety of measures — including increased patrols and checkpoints — will be used over the three-week period to detect impaired drivers and get them off the streets.
While traffic fatalities as a whole are dropping, KDOT spokesman Pete Bodyk said, the number of DUI-related fatalities has actually increased a little.
"We really want to put a dent in it," Bodyk said.
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The local effort is part of a nationwide program that launches Aug. 20 and lasts through Labor Day weekend.
For more on this story, see Friday's Eagle.