Law enforcement agencies across the state including Dodge City, will be participating in the No Refusal Weekend in attempts to crack down on impaired driving.

Between Aug. 19 and Sept. 3 in Dodge City, the DCPD will be conducting extra seatbelt and DUI patrols along with check lanes within the Dodge City limits according to DCPD Cpl. Thad Brown.

"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."

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

In an attempt to avoid or have reduced the criminal sanctions they could face upon conviction, many impaired drivers refuse to submit to BAC testing. 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."

Fines and other costs up to $10,000 as well as the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on their vehicle is the consequences for impaired drivers along with up to 1 year in jail and suspension of driving privileges.

"Law enforcement is highly trained to identify impaired drivers and we will be out in full force to stop them," Kansas Highway Patrol Col. Mark Bruce said.

"The safety of our roads and residents is our primary concern."

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

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