Kansas Law Changes to Ignition Interlock Devices

The state of Kansas published a new amendment to regulation 92-56-2, requiring every ignition interlock device include a camera to identify the person breathing into the machine. The changes took place on January 8, 2020.

An ignition interlock device is an instrument that prevents a vehicle from starting when the breath alcohol concentration in a breath alcohol test meets or exceeds the startup set point. The ignition interlock device is used as a part of licensing actions managed by the Kansas Division of Vehicles. Additionally, the ignition interlock device is used by many courts and probation officers who utilize the device as a program condition or condition of probation for individuals charged or convicted of alcohol related offenses, including DUIs.

This law will make it more difficult for people to skirt the ignition interlock devices by having a third party blow into the machine so that the driver is able to operate the vehicle. All new ignition interlock devices must have the camera. People with existing ignition interlock devices will need to upgrade to one with a camera at his or her next appointment for calibration testing. That is usually every thirty days. Information on approved interlock device manufacturers in Kansas can be found on the Kansas Highway Patrol’s website.

If you have questions regarding an ignition interlock device, or need help related to a DUI offense contact me at 316.267.2000.

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