KCPD traffic services are centralized within the Special Operations Division to serve the public citywide, and are divided into to two distinct specialized units; the Traffic Investigation Unit and the Traffic Enforcement Unit. Officers undergo a highly competitive selection process before being assigned to either unit.
·When involved in a minor collision on a highway or busier city street, move off the road while you wait for police to arrive.
·When passing a stopped emergency vehicle along the roadside, you are required to move to the left if another lane is available and to slow down if no other lane is available.
·Maintain a safe following distance at all times and take weather conditions into account.
·Always wear a seat belt and ensure children under the age of 4 are secured in a child seat.
School Zone Safety
·Remember, when approaching a school zone always slow down, even if you do not see any children.
·This time of year, children are out earlier than normal; they are often excited and are in unfamiliar surroundings.
·The KCPD will be focusing extra attention on the safety of our youngest citizens.
·Nothing is so important that it is worth injuring a child.
TOP 10 HIGHEST CRASH INTERSECTIONS
1. Bannister Road and 71 Highway
2. 1-435 and Wornall
3. I-70 and I-435
4. 152 Highway and N. Church
5. Barry Road and I-29
6. I-70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff
7. 152 Highway and Flintlock
8. Front Street and I-435
9. 9 Highway and 169 Highway
10. 1-435 and Holmes
(REVISED: MAY 14th, 2012)
What is Motorist Assist?
Motorist Assist and Emergency Response patrol some of the busiest interstates in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area offering assistance to disabled motorists, searching for lane obstructions be it stalled vehicles in traffic lanes, on the shoulder, car accidents or debris in the roadway.
Motorist Assist operators also provide support to law enforcement, emergency responders and other emergency agencies in the form of traffic control and back up for incidents on the area interstates.
Their goals are to minimize major disruption of freeway traffic flow, to focus on the factors that create disruption in the flow and remove those factors, to relieve congestion and maintain a consistent flow of traffic during an incident and to reduce clearance time for incidents, all to offer Kansas City area motorists a smoother, safer commute.
Motorist Assist Units patrol the major Missouri interstates and highways, which are divided into 5 coverage areas called zones, operators patrol these zones Monday through Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with limited coverage on holidays. Additionally you can look for signs posted along the highways that designate Motorist Assist routes:
Zone 1 coverage runs on US 71 Highway from 155th St to Bannister Road, I-435 from State Line Rd to Bannister Road and I-470 from the Three Trails Crossing east to US 50 Highway.
Zone 2 coverage begins on I-435 from Bannister Road north to I-35.
Zone 3 coverage begins at Front St. and goes north across the Paseo Bridge on the I-29/I-35 corridor up to Tiffany Springs Parkway on I-29 and up I-35 to Missouri State Route 152.
Zone 4 covers from the State Line on I-35 and I-70 on the Lewis and Clark Viaduct west into downtown loop, I-670 on the south side of the downtown loop and east on I-70 out to the Blue Ridge Cutoff.
Zone 5 coverage begins on I-70 at the Blue Ridge Cutoff and goes east out to Adams Dairy Parkway and on I-470 south/west to US 50 Highway .
Motorist Assist units constantly patrol the zones and stop to check on vehicles that appear to be in trouble. If you experience car trouble and don’t have a cell phone, don’t worry help will arrive soon, the usual response time is about 20 minutes.
What are Motorist Assist's Services?
Motorist Assist offers the following services:
Change flat tires
Jump start weak batteries
Provide fuel, coolant, etc
Provide road and travel information
Provide transportation to safer areas
Provide courtesy use of telephone
Motorist Assist trucks have the following equipment:
Several bags of floor dry
Emergency Lighting with Arrow Board for traffic control