Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office

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November 27, 2018


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Contact: Sheriff Herman T. Jones • 785.251.2202

Cancelling Phase III for accident reporting

As of 1030 hours on November 27, 2018, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is cancelling Phase III and returning to normal procedures for accident reporting.

The Sheriff’s Office would still like to remind drivers to slow down and to not follow other cars too closely. Still use caution on bridges and overpasses. Allow yourselves extra time for your morning commute. Be safe and courteous to others.

November 25, 2018 Phase III Accident Reporting

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s office has implemented phase III accident reporting as of 10:54 a.m. November 25, 2018. During Phase III reporting, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office will respond and investigate only those accidents listed below:

• Injury, possible injury or death to any person

• Possible impairment of a driver due to drugs or alcohol

• Incidents of hit and run

• Incidents where there is a disturbance between the parties involved

• Any hazardous material situation.

• When the accident results in major traffic congestion.

• And when there is damage to a vehicle to the extent that towing is required.

All other accidents will be referred to the front desk during standard business hours (785-251-2200) or at the earliest convenience of the involved parties.

During inclement weather the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office strongly discourages any non-essential travel. Please do not attempt to drive if you do not absolutely have to. If driving is absolutely necessary, ensure yourself safer travels by following these driving tips:

Slow down! For wet, snowy, icy conditions.

Avoid quick braking or acceleration.

Find out about driving conditions before you go.

Every time - buckle up!

Turn signals, brake lights and windows need to be clear of snow.

You should never use cruise control in winter weather conditions.

Let’s make Topeka the Safest Capital City in America.

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