Lewis Diuguid

April 8, 2014

Police must step up patrols to stop highway shooter

Thirteen shootings have occurred within a month on Kansas City-area highways. Most have been in the south Kansas City area, but they have been in other locations as well. Motorists can help by dialing 911 to report any shootings or threats they might see.

The highway shootings in the Kansas City area are alarming.

Thirteen have occurred within a month. Most have been in the south Kansas City area, but they have been in other locations as well.

Three people have suffered injuries, The Kansas City Star reports. Kansas City police are urging motorists to be vigilant.

But how can people protect themselves against someone who has targeted their vehicle for such random violence? The most people can do is to use their cellphones to dial 911 as soon as possible if they see anyone with a gun firing on others on roadways.

Of course the shootings will cause some motorists to keep weapons on their vehicles — just in case. But what good would a firearm do?

Kansas City police, who already have their hands full trying to keep down the number of homicides this year, should step up patrols on highways and make more traffic stops to try to catch the shooter. Even those drivers who are stopped will appreciate the increased vigilance of authorities to try to catch the shooter.

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