Overland Park police crack down in area where woman died

New figures out this morning show that Overland Park Police handed out an average of three tickets an hour during a recent crackdown of speeding on the street where a woman was struck and killed as she gardened in her front yard.

Overland Park Police handed out 238 tickets on 99th Terrace between Switzer Street and Antioch Road from Aug. 17 to Aug. 28. Officers devoted nearly 77 hours to the enforcement effort, meaning they issued an average of about 22 tickets a day.

The speed limit on 99th Terrace is 30 mph between Switzer and Carter Street, and 25 mph between Carter and Antioch. A detailed break-down of the traffic violations was not available. But police expect to soon release a more complete report about the traffic enforcement initiative.

The enforcement effort came weeks after Sandra Carocari was killed when she was struck by a van driven by a 19-year-old woman. Police said speed was not at issue in the accident and indicated that medicine might have been a factor. The case is still under investigation.