- Jul 1, 2014
I've been chasing since the 80's, live in Kansas and my son is a cop. I can tell you that I have never heard of any incidents of a Kansas police officer making an example of any chaser for a minor or no infraction. Mostly, if you are not a jerk to them or doing something seriously illegal, they will just ask you what you think will happen weather-wise, tip their hat and say, "have a nice day".There is none, your prize is either a destroyed vehicle, serious injury, or death. Obviously some newer people nowadays have no problem with any of these outcomes (which I guess is okay because it is your life, but kinda crappy thing to put your family and friends through).
It honestly wouldn't surprise me in the coming years if LEO started just pulling more people over for being chasers. I've heard of this happening in Kansas, them writing tickets for less than 5 mph over for being a chaser. No cop will tell you this, but storm chasers are not very well liked in Kansas. I don't think any official law will be handed down ever because it is impossible to enforce. However I could see it to a point where if folks try to go around cops or resist, they get arrested and taken to jail during a chase. I know someone on the DDC day who got a $550 ticket for going around a cop. It's pretty much already going on in a lot of places.
I'm thankful here in IL/IA, storm chasers are still treated like a staple and most cops don't seem to have issue. In fact during the March 28, 2020 MDT risk event, I had a county cop help us get through a muddy road by escorting us and ended up asking questions about the warnings and where the storms were headed.
I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but obeying traffic laws and being respectful is pretty much all they ask for.