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AGENCIES PARTNER TO PROMOTE SAFETY OVER THE UPCOMING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

AGENCIES PARTNER TO PROMOTE SAFETY OVER THE UPCOMING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

The peak of summer travel across our nation’s highways is about to begin. The Kansas Turnpike Authority and Kansas Highway Patrol are partnering to remind motorists to travel safely over the upcoming holiday weekend, and throughout the months ahead.

 

Over the 2017 Memorial Day Holiday weekend, statewide there were four fatal crashes, which killed four people. One of the crashes was alcohol-related. Additionally, 142 people were injured in the 403 total crashes from May 26-May 29, 2017.

 

The Kansas Highway Patrol will join other agencies from across the state to participate in the annual Click It. Or Ticket. STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, courtesy of funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The STEP campaign allows officers to work overtime hours to provide extra patrol on the roads, focusing on areas such as occupant protection, enforcing impaired driving laws, enforcing the state’s texting laws, and other traffic safety issues. KHP will be working additional hours from May 21-June 3.

 

“Seatbelts are your best defense in a crash,” said Eric Becker, KTA Director of Roadway Operations. “Though we hope travelers don’t need it, if they experience a need for roadside assistance on the Turnpike, they can call *KTA to receive assistance from a KHP Troop G trooper or the State Farm Safety Assist program.”

 

The agencies wish all of those traveling over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and throughout the summer, safe travels. If you are in need of assistance on a Kansas highway, you can call KHP for assistance at 47 (HP) or KTA (582) for the Kansas Turnpike.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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