St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated by Kansans today, and many times, alcohol plays a part in these celebrations. Before you go out, or attend parties, make sure you have a safe way to get home. Law enforcement across the state will be out actively looking for impaired drivers. The Patrol’s Breath Alcohol Unit (BAU) will be active in numerous communities throughout the state today and this coming weekend assisting various agencies with zero-tolerance enforcements.
The latest KDOT statistics available indicate there were six fatal crashes on a previous St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Of those, three were alcohol-related. There were 54 total alcohol-related crashes that weekend, which injured 35 people.
During a saturation patrol in the Manhattan area during their “Fake Paddy’s Day” celebration, KHP units had the following activity:
|DUI Arrests||14||Speed Warnings||10|
|Open Container Arrests||4||MHV Warnings||47|
|MIP/MIC Arrests||7||Seatbelt Warnings||1|
|Prelim. Breath Tests/Standardized Field Sobriety Tests given||30||Misdemeanor Traffic Warnings||7|
|Crashes Investigated||2||Other Warnings||24|
|Alcohol-Related Crashes Investigated||3|
|Motorists Assisted||19||Total Activities||241|
|Speed Citations||18||Public Contacts||121|
|Traffic Misdemeanor Citations||11|
It is illegal in Kansas to drive or attempt to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of .08 or higher. Penalties for impaired driving include loss of driving privileges, fines, court costs, and possible jail time. The more severe consequences of drinking and driving include injuring or killing yourself, an occupant of your vehicle, or the occupants of another vehicle.