In 2011, an important drunk driving law changed in Kansas. On July 1, 2011, Kansas law was changed to require anyone convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock installed on their car. An ignition interlock device requires a driver to blow into a device to prove that his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.04% or lower. A BAC that is higher than 0.04% will prevent the car from starting. Part of the reason for the law was to prevent repeated drunk driving accidents and prevent future fatalities.
Preliminary Data From the Kansas Department of Education Shows the Law May Be Working
The number of Kansas drunk driving fatalities fell significantly last year. While it is impossible to attribute the entire reduction to the new law, it is likely that the new law had an impact and saved lives.
Specifically, from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, there were 59 alcohol-related fatalities were recorded in Kansas. That is down from the 125 reported from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, and from the average of 116 drunk driving related fatalities that occurred each year between 2000 and 2010 in Kansas.
Drunk Driving Accidents Still Happen and an Experienced Kansas City Car Crash Lawyer May Be Able to Help You if You Have Been Hurt or If You’ve Lost a Loved One
The decrease in fatalities is welcome news. However, if you are a relative of one of the 59 people who died in last year’s drunk driving accidents, or if you have been injured in such an accident, then the dangers of drunk driving have touched you on a very personal level.
You may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an experienced Kansas City auto accident lawyer to learn more about your rights and potential recovery. You can reach an experienced Kansas City auto accident attorney at (816) 471-5111 or (888) 348-2616. Our Kansas City accident injury lawyers also encourage you to read our free book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim, for more information about what to do after a drunk driving accident.