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Area Authorities Plan 4-20 Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign

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Law enforcement agencies across Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma will be out in force this weekend, April 20th through April 22nd, to stop what they call an increasing epidemic for the past several years.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says April 20th has special meaning in drug cultures. Authorities say drug abusers typically light up at 4:20 p.m. on 4/20. According to the Journal of American Medicine Association, there's a 12% increase in the relative risk of a fatal crash compared to identical time intervals on control days.

Area authorities will be stepping up efforts to change that trend. Law enforcement says regardless of whether a drug is legal or illegal it's a serious crime and dangerous to drive while impaired on any drug.

For this weekend's campaign, all available Drug Recognition Experts and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement officers will be out in force. Officers will issue citations to anyone who disobeys traffic laws, whether it's for driving while impaired, for speeding, texting, or failing to buckle up.

"With many area proms this weekend, we want to do all we can to make sure it is a safe weekend for all those out on the roadways," stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. "Law enforcement will be paying special attention to those who are driving erratic, are unbuckled or otherwise posing a risk to other motorists," concluded Sheriff Groves.

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