Distracted driving involved in accident on I-70

The driver of a Subaru Legacy on I-70 near I-435 in Kansas City, Kan., became distracted and looked down at 11 p.m. Dec. 20, according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority trooper’s report.

The next thing the Subaru driver knew, when he looked up, a Ford Edge was in his path. The Subaru struck the Ford, according to the trooper’s report.

The 53-year-old Topeka woman driving the Ford was injured and taken to the hospital.

The 25-year-old Topeka man driving the Subaru was not injured, according to the report.

I-70 westbound to southbound K-7 ramp reopens

Barricades were removed this morning on an I-70 ramp at K-7. (KDOT photo)
Barricades were removed this morning on an I-70 ramp at K-7. (KDOT photo)

The westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp reopened to unrestricted traffic at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, in Bonner Springs, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Crews were working on completing pavement marking work before the ramp could fully reopen to all traffic.

Once this ramp reopens, the left turn lanes from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be removed, according to KDOT.

The only routes available from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be either right turns onto northbound K-7 or the through lane movement onto Canaan Drive.

Police begin new courtesy, outreach initiatives

by Mary Rupert
Kansas City, Kan., police are starting two new initiatives.

There will be a new emphasis on courtesy, according to Assistant Chief Vince Davenport of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department.

“We want to train and encourage officers to display outward courtesy in every situation in order to shape the experience,” he told the Unified Government Commission at the Dec. 18 meeting.

People will always remember their contact with police, and will share their experiences. The police will emphasize to officers that every contact matters, he said.

They will also employ surveys to provide officers with direct feedback on people’s opinions about their effectiveness and courteousness, he said. Brochures will be handed out to all victims of crime, giving them the opportunity to send in comments via the police department survey website, a mailed-in comment form or a smart phone.

He said there also is a plan later to recognize officers for their courteousness, after survey results are in.

New Police Chief Terry Zeigler also made a presentation to the commission, about a new video on car stops made by the police department.

The video included students from Schlagle High School and school resource officers.

Zeigler said there are plans to show the video in the community, including at schools and at neighborhood meetings.

Also, police will hand out information about what to do when people are involved in a car stop by police.

Commissioner Gayle Townsend, who initiated this car stop educational effort, said that youth will have a tool set to use if they are in a car stop.

Commissioner Townsend also made an appeal to citizens to provide information about unsolved drive-by killings of youth in the community.

“There should be no safe harbor for dream killers,” she said. “We don’t need to go to another candlelight vigil.”