drunk driving

Kansas is one of just a handful of states that doesn’t allow a person injured by a drunk driver to sue the retailer who furnished the alcohol.

On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld that 34-year-old rule, saying it was up to the Legislature to change it.

On March 10, 2015, Jeff Kudlacik was driving down 135th  Street and Quivira Road in Overland Park around 11 p.m. when a Ford Fusion going 70 miles an hour ran a red light and slammed into his Mitsubishi 3000 sedan, slicing it in half.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed into law tougher penalties for repeat offenders who injure or kill someone in a drunk driving crash.

A drunk driver killed 24-year-old Caitlin Vogel in Johnson County in 2016. The man behind the wheel had previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison, but the stiffer penalties under “Caitlin’s law” could have tacked on more.

Republican Rep. Russ Jennings, one of the measure’s sponsors, hopes the extended jail time will make people think twice before driving drunk.

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Kansas legislators are overhauling the state's drunk driving laws to crack down on offenders and replace a defunct law that allowed police to compel suspects to blood alcohol testing.

The U.S. Supreme Court determined a warrantless breath test is permissible, but police would need to obtain a warrant to conduct a blood test.

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Law enforcement agencies in northeast Kansas are targeting drunk drivers this Saturday and Sunday.

During the “No Refusal Weekend,” suspected drunk drivers who refuse a breathalyzer test will be subject to blood testing for alcohol.

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Kansas law enforcement will be working overtime during the Labor Day holiday in order to enforce the state’s impaired driving laws. One Kansas mother is helping the effort by sharing her story.  KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

It was February 1981. Wanda Stewart had pulled off the road in order to nurse her infant son, Scott. Her Mazda hatchback was at least 20 yards off the side of Highway 96 in western Kansas. She was driving home to  see her mother, father and husband Stan.