Friday, March 9, 2012

Kansas - A Member of the Sweet 16

Today, on the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website, there was an announcement that Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell, signed a new bill requiring ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers. This new legislation makes Virginia the 16th state to require the interlock devices.

In 2011, Kansas became a member of the “Sweet 16” after it enacted legislation requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. The device requires the driver to submit to a breath alcohol test. If a clean sample is not obtained, the vehicle will not start.

According to data gathered by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) in 2010, alcohol-impaired driving accounts for about one third of U.S. motor vehicle fatalities, nearly 11,000 deaths per year.

The Overland Park Police Department places a high priority on removing impaired drivers from our roadways. Please don’t become a statistic by drinking and driving. If you are out and choose to drink, call a taxi or have a designated driver.