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.