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Friday, October 21, 2011

Sunflower Showdown Saturation Patrol

Posted: October 21, 2011 - 10:27am

The Kansas Highway Patrol has announced that they will be conducting saturation patrol on Saturday, October 22.

Troopers are anticipating the added traffic on the Turnpike of Jayhawk and Wildcat fans along with regular travelers passing through the area. Extra Troopers will be in the area assisting with traffic control and then a post-game saturation patrol.

Lieutenant Scott Harrington says that drivers who are coming to Lawrence using westbound Interstate 70 use the West Lawrence exit (exit 202) due to ongoing construction of a bridge off the East Lawrence exit (exit 204).

After the game has ended, the Highway Patrol will be conducting a RAVE saturation patrol. RAVE is short for Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement and is an effort to help reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads and encourage safe driving practices. The Highway Patrol conducts a RAVE saturation patrol when troopers converge on a specific area with the primary focus on the detection of impaired drivers. This Saturday's RAVE deployment will be funded by an Impaired Driving Deterrence Program (IDDP) grant, courtesy of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The Kansas Highway Patrol advises travelers to be prepared for delays, remain patient and always designate a sober driver.

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