Will 2012 be an important year for Kansas? Will drunk driving deaths in Kansas City, and throughout the state, decrease because of the strong actions taken by the state government in recent years? Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) seems to think that Kansas can turn the tide and reduce the number of drunk driving fatalities, but only if it takes certain actions.
Why Kansas Earned a Five Star MADD Rating in 2011
In 2011, MADD rated each state’s drunk driving efforts on a scale of zero to five stars. Kansas was one of five states to receive the coveted five star rating. The five stars earned include:
  • Requiring ignition interlocks for drunk driving offenders. This law took effect on July 1, 2011.
  • Conducting sobriety checkpoints.
  • Enhanced penalties for DUI child endangerment.
  • Participating in no refusal events that do not allow a drunk driver to escape liability just because he or she refuses to be tested for the presence of alcohol.
  • Using administrative license revocation so that a police officer can immediately take the license of a driver who is drunk.
MADD suggests that fatal Kansas drunk driving accidents could be further reduced if the governor were to appoint a DUI coordinator and if the laws are routinely enforced.

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