WPD looks to double fines on Kellogg


By Jessica Oakley

Story Created: Feb 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM CST
Story Updated: Feb 9, 2009 at 6:15 PM CST

WICHITA, Kansas – Speeders beware. A new bill before lawmakers could double fines along Kellogg. Police say the extra money could reduce accidents and injuries on one of Wichita’s busiest highways.

If you’ve driven down Kellogg, chances are you’ve seen some red flashing lights. Wichita police have tried extra enforcement to target speeders. They’ve even used a mannequin named “Dolly” to slow cars down. Now, they’re turning to lawmakers for help.
"I think it will be received favorably,” said Deputy Chief Robert Lee with WPD. “We will go to Topeka tomorrow and we will explain any questions the committee may have.”
Lee hopes to convince the legislature to pass Senate Bill 142, which would designate Kellogg as a traffic safety corridor. If approved by lawmakers, officers could then double the fine for any traffic violation along Kellogg within city limits. And going through the state legislature allows agencies from the city, county or highway patrol to write the tickets.
"That's what we want to see, we want to see speeds reduced, we want to see aggressive driving reduced,” Lee said.
California, New Mexico and Virginia have taken similar steps and have all seen dramatic decreases in the number of injury-related accidents. Lee feels the same results are possible on Kellogg.
“It is really a road you need to pay attention on, be driving carefully on, it has a lot of traffic on it, we want to do our part to ensure that it is a safe trip for everybody,” said Lee.
The police department has already gotten support from several local lawmakers.
Even if the bill is approved by both the House and Senate, and signed off by the Governor, it still has one more step. The Wichita City Council must officially designate Kellogg as a traffic safety corridor. If all goes as planned, drivers can expect tickets to go up sometime this summer.