Kansas lawmakers have expanded the utilization of the ignition interlock system for DUI offenders. The new law will enable many drivers to commute to and from work and drive for other necessary purposes. The law will also eliminate the lifetime revocation for a fifth time offender replacing the revocation with a ten year ignition interlock requirement.
I believe the Kansas legislature has taken a positive step toward a practical solution in dealing with the serious problem of drinking and driving. Merely mandating people not to drive who have been suspended for a DUI is not an effective plan. These people must be able to travel for employment and other essential purposes.
An ignition interlock system which will preclude operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a logical tool in protecting the public and allowing the suspended person to continue to work to support themselves and their families.