MADD gives Kansas a five-star rating for DUI countermeasures despite climbing DUI-related deaths

  • Kansas has earned props for its anti-DUI laws.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced Wednesday that they had bestowed a five-star rating on Kansas, along with four other states, for DUI countermeasures. The rating is based on Kansas laws requiring breath interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers, operating sobriety checkpoints, escalating penalties for driving while intoxicated with children in the car, using “no refusal” methods of apprehending suspected drunk drivers, and revoking licenses through administrative processes.

The Pitch explored the civil-liberties implications of Kansas and Missouri using checkpoints in a cover story two weeks ago, and this week we outlined the litany of complaints and legal problems surrounding the Intoxilyzer 8000, the breath-testing machine of choice in Kansas.

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