For the sixth year, the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Trucks on Patrol for Safety (TOPS) program will be rolling out, across the state’s interstates and highways.
According to the KHP, TOPS gives troopers the opportunity to ride along with professional drivers, giving troopers a front seat view to others on the road, both trucks and cars. The troopers have a better chance to witness, document, and report violations to other troopers on patrol in the area.
TOPS is an FMCSA-granted program. Troopers enforce state laws and federal regulations in and around large trucks, as well as educate the motoring public of the dangers that exist around semis.
The trucks, trailers, and drivers that the patrol uses for the program are donated by the industry. The companies partner with the patrol for a week in a specific region of the state to make these resources available.
According to the KHP, last week’s partnering company was a Kansas Motor Carriers Association (KMCA)-member company, who donated a driver for the patrol’s use.