KCPD operated a driver's license checkpoint on Thursday night in the 2200 block of Northwest Barry Road, Chief Corwin's blog reports. They caught 66 people on license violations -- 10 for driving while revoked, 56 for having no license at all. There were a handful of other arrests, including 15 for warrants and one for DUI. About 2,100 vehicles went through the checkpoint, one of their larger totals.
The police have been conducting several of these checkpoints -- and have several more planned, they say -- after a boy, Damian Slayton, was killed in a wreck involving a suspect with several license violations, who should never have been on the road. If memory serves, this is their first license checkpoint in the Northland. Tony's Kansas City had complained that KCPD needed to do these operations north of the river, too.
Police say there's an important reason to go after unlicensed and revoked drivers:
Compared with licensed drivers, unlicensed drivers are 4.9 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, 3.7 times more likely to drive while impaired and 4.4 times more likely to be in hit-and-run crashes, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.