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Police on the lookout over holiday weekend


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

With the Memorial Day weekend kicking off the peak summer travel season, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours.

Funding through the Kansas Department of Transportation's STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign will help motorists reach their destinations safely, according to a new release from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

"This time of year, families are traveling to spend some much-needed time together, as some of the busy months of classes have wound down. The STEP campaign allows our personnel to work additional hours to help enforce traffic laws in our state," said Colonel Ernest E. Garcia, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the release. "The STEP funding from KDOT demonstrates their commitment to the safety of our motorists."

The STEP program allows officers to work overtime hours, providing extra manpower on the roads and focusing on areas such as occupant protection, enforcing impaired driving laws, and other traffic safety issues. STEP started on Monday and will last through June 2.

"We hope all of those traveling during the Memorial Day weekend have safe travels, as well as throughout the rest of the upcoming summer months," Garcia said.

For assistance, call KHP at *47 (*HP) or *582 (*KTA) for the Kansas Turnpike.