Traffic-related fatalities up for Kansas in 2017


The number of people killed in traffic crashes this year is up from last year.

And, authorities expect that number to rise over the next two weeks as families travel for the holidays.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 432 people have died this year in traffic crashes.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says alcohol plays a part in more deaths on the roadways, especially around the holidays.

Aside from that, distractions like cell phones play a role in crashes.

Trooper Chad Crittenden says they're putting more troopers on the roadways through the end of the year to help make sure people are driving safely.

"We are working extremely hard in law enforcement and we're doing so many more enforcement efforts out there," said Trooper Crittenden. "But we can only do so much. We have to have the public's help. We have to have motorists doing the right thing, there's only so many of us out there."

Crittenden says the best thing to do if you plan on drinking is to have a plan on how to get home before you leave - and have a back up plan just in case.

KHP says don't rely on yourself to get home and keep in mind that ride-share services and taxis will be busy on nights like New Year's Eve.