When the Kansas Legislature passed a bill in 2011 requiring Kansas Ignition Interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of every DUI offender they did so with a clause that gave them a way to opt out in 2015 through a “Sunset” of the bill. This sunset must be removed in order to keep the law in place and continue to see the lifesaving changes that it has shown.
In 2010 there were 138 Alcohol Related Fatalities in Kansas. From July 1, 2011 when the new law took effect, to June 30th 2012 there were 59 Alcohol Related Fatalities in Kansas. This is a staggering reduction of 79 Deaths, or a reduction of 57%. Then in 2012 there was 94 alcohol related deaths, down from 138 in 2012, still down from our previous 10 year average by 30%. These are real numbers and real lives being saved.
These are numbers that cannot be ignored or overlooked. The Kansas DUI commission studied what would make the biggest impact on our state to save lives related to DUI for two years. They have obviously put together a package that has saved many lives and we MUST PROTECT IT! Check out the links below for more information.
You never know if one of the 123 lives saved so far was yours or someone you love. We must not only keep the law but use its reporting abilities to increase the number of lives we can save.