The Dodge City Police Department will be taking part in the You Drink, You Drive, You Lose campaign starting today and running through Sept. 3.

The DCPD will be conducting extra seatbelt and DUI patrols along with check lanes within the Dodge City limits.

"The campaign is specially funded grant operation," DCPD Chief Drew Francis said.

Supported by the Kansas Department of Transportation through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant, You drink You drive You Lose campaign includes high visibility enforcement around the clock.

Officers will be especially vigilant at night, when the likelihood of impaired driving is increased.

The campaign also includes increased education efforts, public service announcements and high-intensity law enforcement saturation from 150 agencies across the state. 

Those found to be driving impaired could face up to 1 year in jail, suspension of their driving privileges, fines and other costs up to $10,000 as well as the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

Other parts of the state are having No Refusal Weekend where people that refuse a breath test will be subject to a blood test.

"That's the Kansas City metro area even though they call it state wide," Francis said. "What they are referring to is that if they get a DUI and that person refuses to give a breath sample on the Intoxilyzer 9000 the law enforcement will pursue a search warrant for a blood sample.

"This is standard practice for us not a special occasion. We do search warrants anytime someone refuses."

The blood alcohol concentration of anyone driving with .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired.

"Alcohol and driving don’t mix," Kansas attorney general Derek Schmidt said in a press release. "Impaired driving is no accident—nor is it a victimless crime.

"The No Refusal Weekend brings prosecutors and law enforcement together to combat this danger on our roadways."

According to the press release, impaired drivers cause 25 to 30 percent of traffic fatalities on average in Kansas and nearly five people are injured every day and one person is killed every 3 days in alcohol-related crashes.

"The aim of these efforts is to reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when impaired drivers take to Kansas roads," said Kansas Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson. "Think before you drink. Plan a safe ride home. Help us keep every friend, family member, and stranger from becoming another statistic.

"Let’s drive to zero fatalities on Kansas roadways."

For more information on the patrols going on in Dodge City, contact DCPD Cpl. Thad Brown at 620-225-8126.

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