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Does Kansas law require interlock devices for first offense DUI?

On July 1, 2011, Kansas joined many other American states that had already adopted interlock device laws. For readers who may not know, an ignition interlock device prevents motor vehicles from starting if the driver presents a significant breath-alcohol concentration. These devices are connected to the ignition and the driver must blow into one before he or she can start the car's engine. If the device records any potential impairment, the vehicle will fail to start.

In answer to the specific question, yes, Kansas passed legislation in 2011 requiring people convicted of even a first offense DUI to install an ignition interlock device on their cars. The interlock law is part of Kansas's overall legislation written to reduce drunk driving across the board. Other more specific aspects of the laws surrounding DUI include:

-- Automatic license suspension accompanied by a mandatory interlock device for those who refuse a breath, blood or urine test-- A first drunk driving offense results in a 30-day license suspension and a six-month use of an interlock device-- Two or more offenses result in a one-year license suspension and use of an interlock device (amount of time depends upon prior offenses)-- Law enforcement access to public records for the purpose of tracking prior DUI offenses

As you can see, Kansas takes a hard stance against driving while impaired, even if it the first time defendants face such charges. Mandating ignition interlock devices has shown at least some results in helping to curtail DUI offenses, so no one should expect the laws to relent anytime soon. The best way for residents in the Kansas City area to keep their driving privileges is by seeking help from an attorney with experience defending those accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Source: Kansas Department of Transportation, "New drunk driving laws go into effect July 1" Dec. 28, 2014

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