The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is urging states to lower the legal blood-alcohol content limit for drunk driving from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. The move, which would bring the nation into line with most other nations' guidelines, is likely to significantly reduce the number of roadway deaths, according to driving experts. To put the new limit in perspective, 120-pound female Kansas drivers would be considered impaired after consuming a single drink; larger men might be able to consume two beverages before reaching the limit.
A local sports organization is under even more scrutiny after the arrest of an assistant coach for alleged DUI. The man faces drunk driving charges in connection with an incident that occurred on Dec. 23, according to authorities, when he was arrested after failing roadside sobriety tests. The news is just another item in the long list of unfortunate events that have befallen Kansas City Chiefs team leaders since early December, when one of the team's players killed himself in front of the coaching staff.
A school board official from Morris County USD has resigned because of drunk driving charges levied against him earlier in the year. Additionally, DUI charges have also been filed against a prosecuting attorney in Morris County. Still, both of these individuals remain as members of the local anti-drug task force.
A Kansas City police officer accused of driving under the influence has received four days of jail time in connection with a February DUI incident. The woman, age 29, is also accused of assaulting the arresting officer in connection with the incident. She reportedly has received a reduced sentence in exchange for pleading guilty.
An assistant prosecutor from Ford County has been charged with drunk driving after a court hearing on Aug. 9. The man, who was interviewed by local media sources, said he had been expecting the indictment since the March 31 incident that prompted the investigation.
A 29-year-old Kansas City police officer was suspended with pay after she allegedly assaulted other officers when they attempted to arrest her for drunk driving earlier this month.
A 19-year-old Mexican man may spend up to 30 years in a Kansas prison for killing two people while driving under the influence. The man pleaded guilty earlier this month in Jackson County Circuit Court to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He told the judge that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages before he drove against traffic on Interstate 435 in July 2011.