Highway Patrol issues nearly 150 texting warnings and citations

08/27/2014 8:27 AM

08/27/2014 8:27 AM

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers wrote nearly 150 warnings and citations for texting while driving during a couple of enhanced traffic enforcement efforts earlier this year.

The enhanced traffic enforcement efforts in April and July focused on distracted driving, Lt. Joshua Kellerman said in a statement.

“Our key goal is curbing dangerous driving behaviors on the roads, and these specialized enforcements are just one more way we promote safety,” said Ernest Garcia, superintendent of the highway patrol.

Troopers also wrote 459 speeding citations, 593 seat belt or child restraint citations and 16 DUIs. More than 1,370 other warnings and arrests also took place during the two targeted periods.

The first campaign ran from April 18 to 27 and the second from July 1 to 10.

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