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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

From the desk of Linn County Kansas Sheriff Kevin Friend

***For Immediate Release***

Beginning December 26, and continuing through January 3rd, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Taking Down DUI traffic enforcement campaign, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

The winter holidays are upon us, but this winter holiday is different. We are in the middle of a COVID pandemic. While we are all aware of the effects COVID has had on us, it has had a dramatic and devastating effect on our roads as well.

Marijuana, opioid, and alcohol use have increased substantially in general during the pandemic, but also with motor vehicle drivers. These impairing substances now identified in nearly 25% of serious and fatal crashes. 

Remember, these crashes do not just affect the impaired driver- these crashes involve others that share the vehicle and road with us –passengers, other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Impaired driving crashes are completely preventable.

According to KDOT, in comparison with other holidays, the New Year’s Holiday period outranks most of the other holidays in number of crashes in which at least one of the drivers is impaired by alcohol and/or other drugs. Your choice to drive or to take other safe transportation rests solely with you.

A DUI will change your life forever. A DUI arrest and conviction results in jail time, the suspension or permanent revocation of driver’s license, thousands of dollars for fines, bail, court costs, attorney fees and increased insurance costs.

Linn County Kansas Sheriff Kevin Friend urges drivers to drive responsibly this holiday season.