According to preliminary results, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have dropped in the year since Kansas began requiring an ignition interlock for those convicted of drunken driving.
The new law took effect on July 1, 2011, and through June 30th of this year the Kansas Department of Transportation reported that the state recorded only 59 alcohol-related traffic fatalities. That compares with 125 and 137, respectively, for the previous two years. That is a 53% decrease in fatalities in just one year! The new law was clearly a significant step towards safeguarding the citizens of Kansas.
The law requires that those individuals with a DUI conviction in Kansas install an interlock device that drivers must use to measure their blood-alcohol level before attempting to drive. In Kansas, this level must be below .04 in order for their vehicle to start properly.
Result like those reported by the Kansas Department of Transportation continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of Ignition Interlocks and the value and safety they provide to all drivers on the road today.