Kansas bill would create 'safety corridors'

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 4/2/2012

On the verge of advancing to the governor’s desk is a Kansas bill that is intended to improve safety on two well-traveled roadways.

The Kansas Senate voted 26-14 to sign off on a House-Senate conference committee report that would set up two safety corridors on heavily-used roadways near Kansas City and Wichita.

The bill – HB2432 – now awaits a House floor vote before it can advance to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk. If it becomes law, safety corridors would be set up on Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Lenexa, and U.S. Highway 54 in Wichita.

The distinction would authorize law enforcement to charge double fines for speeding and other moving violations in the affected areas.

Advocates are hopeful the change will reduce deadly traffic wrecks occurring on the roadways in recent years.

In addition, offenses of exceeding the posted limit could not be negotiated to keep violations off an offenders’ driving record. Kansas law now allows speeding violations up to 10 mph outside safety corridors to stay off drivers’ records.

Revenue from speeding fines could be used for signage, education and enforcement in the corridors.

The corridor program would sunset in July 2015. The Legislature would need to review the program and determine whether to continue its use.

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