April 19th through April 20th, the Independence Police Department will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an increasing epidemic for the past several years. Deaths and injuries continue to increase from both alcohol and drugged impaired drivers. In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the six-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around city, state and federal highways. Regardless whether a drug is legal or illegal it’s a serious crime to drive while impaired by any drug. Officers will issue citations to any individual who refuses to obey the traffic laws, whether it is for driving while impaired, for speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up.
Chief Harrison says even one death is unacceptable. Please don’t drive while impaired, slow down, put the phone away or turn it off, and always buckle up.