Drunk Driving Laws in Kansas will get a lot tougher beginning today as
even first-time offenders with no prior history of
who test at .08 but below the .150 threshold will now be required to install
Ignition Interlock Systems
on their vehicles after serving an initial thirty-day suspension. "The
main reason to use ignition interlock devices is to save lives by keeping
drunk drivers off the roads, but they also provide another important benefit,"
said Pete Bodyk, manager of KDOT's Traffic Safety section. "The
offender knows that without the ignition interlock system, they will not
be able to drive. Since they are able to drive, they can continue to support
their families by driving children to school, driving themselves to work
and running necessary errands."
On May 25th, 2011, Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill 6 which partly revamps
Kansas DUI laws
. Here are a few highlights of the new law:
*Failure of a breath test with a result between .08 and .15 on a first
occurrence is a 30-day suspension followed by six months of mandatory
ignition interlock device if you have no prior traffic convicitions. However
if you have a prior conviction for Transporting an Open Container or three
or more moving violations that period increases to twelve months of ignition
interlock being required.
*Failure of a breath test with a result at .15 or above will result in
a one-year suspension followed by one year of mandatory ignition interlock.
Refusal of a breath, blood or urine test
is a one-year suspension, followed by the ignition interlock requirement
of at least one year (total length of interlock is dependent on prior
record), regardless of how many prior Kansas DUI occurrences a person has.
*The minimum fine on a first, second, and
is increased by $250.00.
The new law also creates a
Central DUI Repository
that will give law enforcement, prosecutors and judges access to driver's
records, making it easier to track repeat offenders. The Kansas Department
of Transportation will fund the repository with $2.5 million and the Kansas
Bureau of Investigation will oversee it.
The new changes to Kansas DUI laws have raised the stakes higher than ever.
If you have questions
regarding a DUI or alcohol-related offense contact a
Kansas City DUI Lawyer
who knows how the new laws in Kansas will impact your case.
Contact us for a Free Initial Consultation
or submit a
DUI Case Evaluation form on our website.
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