KCPD encourages safe travel throughout the holiday season

Travis Walker
November 21, 2017 - 11:05 am

The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department wants to remind drivers that the best, and simplest, way to protect themselves from injury or death in a motor vehicle crash is to wear their safety belts and that they should make sure the passengers in their vehicles, especially children, are buckled up as well.

Crash Facts:

  • Roughly seven out ten people killed in traffic crashes in the metropolitan area are unbuckled.
  •  In 2016, 233 people were killed and 700 were seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes involving at least one substance-impaired driver.
  •  307 arrests were made statewide during the Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign in 2016 for substance impaired drivers.

Travel Do’s:

  • Plan your trip no matter how short a distance you intend to travel.
  • Have an alternate route.
  • Add 25% to whatever time you think the trip will take. (1 hour = 1 hour and 15 minutes, 4 hours = 5 hours etc…)
  •  Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy.
  •  In the cases of breakdown or crash, move your disabled vehicle as far off the road as safely possible to avoid being struck.
  • Make sure you have proper safety equipment in case of trouble. (Flashlight, flares, blankets, water, etc…)
  • Check weather forecasts and roadway conditions prior to your trip.
  •  Notify someone you are traveling and of your departure time, route and destination. Keep them apprised of your whereabouts during your trip.
  • Call 911 immediately in the event of trouble on the road.

Travel Don’t’s:

  • Text and drive or allow other distractions.
  • Drive drowsy.
  • Violate traffic laws to be able to reach your destination on time.
  • Sacrifice safety for comfort. (Always remain buckled up)
  • Exit your disabled vehicle and walk in or near the roadway.
  • Hitchhike
  • Stray from your planned route without notifying someone.
  • Take unnecessary risks.
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