Crackdown nets 76 tickets
By Tim Hrenchir
Authorities stopped 94 drivers and issued 76 tickets, including 58 for speeding, during a traffic law enforcement crackdown Wednesday along Interstate 70 in East Topeka, police said.
Topeka police Sgt. Bill White said about 17 officers and troopers from the police department, Shawnee County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Highway Patrol took part in the effort, which lasted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and focused on I-70 in the area of S.E. California.
White said officers standing atop California Avenue's bridge over I-70 used LIDAR laser guns to determine speeds of the vehicles traveling below. LIDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging.
Topeka police Maj. Gary Herman said preliminary figures indicated authorities arrested three people on outstanding warrants, handed out 17 warnings and issued 58 citations in connection with speeding more than 10 mph over the pasted limit.
Herman said his figures indicated other tickets included five right-of-way violations, four seat belt violations, three insurance violations, two driver's license infractions, two equipment violations, one tag violation and one violation in connection with following too closely.
Sarah Augusthy, of KSNT-TV Channel 27, contributed to this report.
Tim Hrenchir can be reached at (785) 295-1184 or email@example.com.