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Highway Patrol use sting operation to nab texting drivers

Kansas Highway Patrol personnel, from left to right, Trooper Dave Jacobs, Lt. Steve Billinger, Trooper Mike Farmer and Trooper Mike Robinson prepare for a special operation Thursday to nab motorists who were texting while driving.

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A bright orange Kansas Department of Transportation dump truck was trolling up and down Great Bend’s busy 10th Street late Thursday morning and early afternoon.
Such trucks were a common sight this past winter as they spread sand and salt to make roadways safe for motorists after blizzards. Thursday, there was no bad weather in the forecast, but motorists’ safety was still the mission of those in its cab.
With KDOT employee Keith Burton at the wheel, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper rode shotgun and undercover. The trooper’s objective – spot texting drivers.
“The number one complaint we receive ...

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