Highway patrol urges drivers to ‘tie one on’
As part of the Project Red Ribbon "Tie One On For Safety" campaign, Kansas Highway Patrol cars are displaying red ribbons to demonstrate the patrol's zero tolerance for impaired driving during this year's holiday season. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) started this annual campaign in 1986 to heighten public awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
According to M.A.D.D. statistics, 3,234 alcohol-related traffic crashes occurred in Kansas last year that resulted in 79 deaths and 2,415 injuries. About one-third of those killed and half of those injured were not the drinking driver.
Col. Don Brownlee, superintendent of the highway patrol, said, "The patrol continues to be extremely dedicated to removing impaired drivers from Kansas highways. As part of this holiday season, we will tie red ribbons to our patrol cars as a reminder of that commitment."
Brownlee urged all motorists to demonstrate their stance against impaired driving by joining M.A.D.D. and the patrol in displaying red ribbons on their vehicles. Ribbons are available at no charge at the Tonganoxie police station, as well as state and county law enforcement agencies, local M.A.D.D. chapters, participating businesses and organizations and the Kansas M.A.D.D. state office.