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Beware, Wichita drivers: You may not get away with speeding as often

Dozens of new Kansas Highway Patrol troopers received their patrol cars in Topeka on Thursday. Eight of the troopers are destined for Wichita, with another for Sumner County.
Dozens of new Kansas Highway Patrol troopers received their patrol cars in Topeka on Thursday. Eight of the troopers are destined for Wichita, with another for Sumner County. Kansas Highway Patrol

It can be easy for Wichita drivers to develop a lead foot on Kellogg, the Canal Route and even the bypasses when traffic seems light, but be forewarned:

The chances of speeders being pulled over increased on Thursday.

That's when one of the largest classes of recruits in the history of the Kansas Highway Patrol received their new patrol cars in Topeka. Of the 38 state troopers in the class, eight are coming to Wichita.

Another trooper is destined for Sumner County in the Wichita metropolitan area.

The new troopers graduated from the academy in December and are completing 77 days of field training. Once that training is finished, they'll be released to patrol on their own.

Col. Mark Bruce, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, said the patrol cars are "essential" in the troopers doing their job.

"They will use these vehicles to respond to help people, oftentimes on someone’s worst day," Bruce said in remarks during the patrol car ceremony. "They will use these vehicles as they work to make a difference on Kansas roads and in our communities across the state.”

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