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384 tickets issued in 24 hours on Rock Road

A 24-hour crackdown on Rock Road traffic offenses netted nearly 400 violations, Wichita police said Thursday.

The joint project, which ended at 7 a.m. Thursday, 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 384 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 mph 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 project was the outgrowth of monthly meetings at which representatives from law enforcement agencies in Sedgwick County discuss issues and concerns, Krok said.

It quickly became apparent that aggressive and unsafe driving on Rock Road was on the list for every jurisdiction it crossed. Kellogg will be the focus of a similar effort in October, he said.

A more detailed breakdown of the citations issued during the 24-hour project:

* speeding, 177

* seat-belt violations, 81

* turn violations, 33

* no proof of insurance, 33

* other traffic violations, 23

* expired/illegal license plates, 14

* driver's license violations, 12

* running stop light or sign, 11

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