Posted on Jan 12, 2011
As the new year begins, Overland Park police are looking to crack down even more on inattentive and distracted driving, which is one of the most common causes of auto injury accidents in Kansas and Missouri.  Among the violations police will be looking for are following too close, changing lanes without signaling, making wide turns and texting and driving.

"Running a red light is $121," Ferguson said. "Following too close is, I think, probably the same amount. Then, when they stop the people, they make sure that they have the proper registration and insurance, and that kind of thing."

A ban on texting and driving in Kansas went into effect on January 1, 2011.  In fact, they've already issued several tickets for texting and driving.

"Yeah, that's something that we're looking for, too," Ferguson said. "I think that's probably another causal factor of accidents -- people taking their attention off the road....We actually are going to end up charging an individual, that was in an accident, for texting," Overland Park police Sgt. Scott Ferguson said. "They said that was the reason they were doing the weaving and stuff."

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