Kanasas Highway Patrol Reports Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Activity


The Kansas Highway Patrol is releasing its Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Activity Report. The reporting period for the holiday ran from 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 21, through 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 25.

The Kansas Highway Patrol worked five fatal crashes over the holiday reporting period. Fatal crashes occurred in the following counties: Riley, Scott, Meade, Kiowa, and Atchison. Crash reports can be found here:

Information in the table is compared to data from both 2016 and 2017.

Enforcement Data 2016 2017 2018
DUI Arrests 27 12 16
Speed Citations 1,360 1,227 1,195
Speed Warnings 924 1,025 914
Safety Belt – Adult Citations 158 89 145
Safety Belt – Adult Warnings 12 14 8
Safety Belt – Teen Citations 6 5 6
Safety Belt – Teen Warnings 1 0 1
Child Restraint – Citations 29 27 19
Motorist Assists 1,089 1,058 1,410
Crash Data 2016 2017 2018
Fatal DUI Related Crashes 0 2 0
DUI Related Fatalities 0 2 0
Non-DUI Related Fatal Crashes 3 2 5
Non-DUI Related Fatalities 3 4 5
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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