The only way to completely eliminate accidents related to driving under the influence (DUI) is to stop people who consume alcohol from getting behind the wheel. One way to do this is to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Kansas also imposes harsh penalties if a motorist is convicted of DUI. This includes a requirement that if someone is convicted of a DUI, he has to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.
What Is the Law in Kansas on Ignition Interlock Devices in DUI Cases?
An ignition interlock device (IID) requires a person to blow into it when getting into his vehicle.
The IID measures the level of alcohol on his breath and if it registers blood alcohol content over a certain level, the IID prevents him from starting his car.
The IID also requires certain retests when the vehicle is running if failed or missed tests aren't reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the court.
In Kansas, a person convicted of DUI may have a mandate to install an IID on all vehicles he owns for the following time periods:
- Six months to one year for a first offense
- Two years for a second offense
- Three years for a third offense
- Four years for a fourth offense
- Ten years for a fifth or subsequent offense
In 2017, Kansas strengthened the IID requirement by requiring interlock companies to certify that a DUI offender has installed the device for the entire period required under his sentence.
Ignition Interlock Devices Help Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents
IIDs help prevent DUI wrecks by disabling a vehicle’s ability to be driven if the driver is intoxicated. They're most effective when the devices are installed, data from the devices are monitored, and penalties are assessed for violations.
Because of their ability to reduce drunk driving fatalities and injuries, advocacy groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and government agencies such as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration are strong proponents of ignition interlock devices.
Unfortunately, Kansas’ strict drunk driving laws cannot completely eliminate your risk of being the victim of such an accident.
Have You Been Injured By A Drunk Driver?
If you've been injured by a drunk driver you need to speak with an experienced drunk driving victim attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.