KHP Reports Significant Increase In Citations Over Independence Day Weekend


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The Kansas Highway Patrol wrote more DUI and speeding tickets over the Independence Day Holiday than in 2016. On the bright side, the KHP reported no fatality accidents. The reporting period ran from 6p.m. Friday June 30, through 11:59p.m. Tuesday July 4.

Officer involved actions were up across the board compared to the last two years with the exception of child restraint violations which were down from 31 last year to 25 this year.

The KHP made 22 DUI arrests which is up seven from a year ago from 15 to 22. An increase of about 50 percent. Speeding citations were up 20% from a year ago at 1,272. That total is a whopping 85% increase from 2015. There were 1,031 speed warnings were issued, up from 627 a year ago.

The KHP also assisted 1,333 motorists over the holiday which was up by nearly 30% from a year ago.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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