Rock Road traffic crackdown yields more than 300 violations

WICHITA — A 24-hour crackdown on Rock Road traffic offenses netted more than 300 violations, Wichita police said today.

The joint project, which ended at 7 a.m., involved every law enforcement jurisdiction that patrols Rock Road in Sedgwick County: the Wichita, Mulvane, Derby and Bel Aire police departments, the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

"Everyone's pretty excited" about how well the project went, Wichita police Sgt. James Krok said. "I'm very pleased with the results."

The violations cited in a 24-hour period included 177 speeding tickets, 81 seat-belt violations and 33 turn violations. No one was arrested for driving under the influence.

One driver was cited for driving 63 in a 40-mile-per-hour zone on South Rock Road, Krok said.

Within a few minutes of each other, Krok said, a brother and sister were both ticketed on Rock Road — the brother going one direction and the sister going the other.

The brother was talking to his sister on a cell phone as he awaited his ticket, Krok said, and learned she had been cited as well.

"He was laughing about it," Krok said.

The enforcement project was the outgrowth of operation impact meetings now being held monthly by representatives from law enforcement agencies in Sedgwick County, Krok said.

Kellogg will be the focus of a similar effort in October, he said.

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