K-DOT program using navigation app to help make Kansas roads safer

WICHITA, Kan. An app you may already have on your phone will soon give your new alerts the Kansas Department of Transportation hopes will keep the state's roads safer.

K-DOT motorist assist technicians across Kansas are taking part in a pilot program using the WAZE GPS navigation app to alert drivers to their position when they're assisting stranded motorists.

As drivers approach a motorist-assist vehicle, a small box on the K-DOT vehicle's dashboard sends a signal to WAZE, which then sends an alert to drivers with the with the WAZE app, telling them to your caution ahead.

As the program is in its pilot stage, only a handful of state vehicles are using it in a few Kansas cities. But so far, the WAZE app is getting rave reviews, at least from the K-DOT workers it's working to protect.

"It's keeping us safe. It's keeping other motorists safe," says K-DOT Motorist Assist Technician Jeff Penney.

The pilot program for the WAZE app started last week.Missouri is also participating in the program. The app is free to download on Apple and Android devices.