A lot more suspected speeders got tickets from Kansas Highway Patrol troopers during the 2018 New Year’s holiday travel season than in 2017.
Figures released Wednesday show that troopers wrote a total of 954 speeding tickets during the holiday reporting period from December 28, 2018 through January 1, 2019.
That’s a 57 percent increase from the 606 speeding citations issued during last New Year’s season. KHP spokesman Adam Winters attributed the increase to a special traffic enforcement program where troopers were given overtime pay and an extra day in the reporting period compared with last year.
The highway patrol handled two fatal crashes, one in Wyandotte County December 29 and another in Thomas County December 30. Troopers made three more DUI arrests this past season and handed out more child restraint citations.