Kansas Alcohol Related Laws

Drunk Driving Brochure

Minor in Possession and/or Consumption
  • No person under 21 shall possess, consume, obtain, purchase or attempt to obtain or purchase alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages except as authorized by law.
  • Fines up to $500
  • Up to 40 hours community service
  • 30 days up to a year suspended license.
Fake/Borrowed Identification

It is unlawful to:

  • Display or have in possession fictitious or altered driver’s license/state I.D.
  •  Lend any driver’s license/state I.D. to any other person
  •  Reproduce a driver’s license/state I.D.
  • Not abiding by the law can result in fines up to $1,000 as well as one year in jail.
Zero Tolerance for Minors
  • It is illegal to operate or attempt to operate a motor vehicle with a breath or blood alcohol content of .02 or above.
  • Driving privileges suspended for up to one year.
Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
  • Directly or indirectly, selling to, buying for, giving or furnishing any alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage to any minor is illegal.
  • Fine of $200.
Hosting Minors
  • Unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverages at a person’s residence, land, building or rented room is illegal.
  • Failing to abide by the law can result in fines up to $1,000 as well as one year in jail.
Preliminary Breath Test

A law enforcement officer may request a preliminary breath test if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that person has been drinking alcohol.

DUI: First Offense
  • Up to six months in jail.
  • Community service.
  • Driver’s license suspended up to one year, plus additional restricted driving
  • Substance abuse treatment.
DUI With Child Under 14 Years of Age

The punishment for a person convicted of DUI while transporting a passenger under the age of 14 shall be increased by one month of imprisonment

Ignition Interlock
  • Convicted DUI offenders may be restricted to operating only those vehicles that are equipped with an ignition interlock device. To start the vehicle, the driver must blow into a handset that tests the driver’s breath for the presence of alcohol.
  • An ignition interlock device will stop drunk driving. When alcohol is detected, the car won’t start.
  • Driver is required to retest, as long as car is in motion.
Vehicle Impoundment

State law mandates operating or attempting to operate a motor vehicle while impaired is a crime in Kansas. All offenses may result in impoundment or immobilization of a vehicle for up to one year.

Link:  Kansas Safety Traffic Resources Office  https://www.ktsro.org/focus-areas



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