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Kansas doesn’t take DUIs lightly, and neither should you

Alcohol and driving don’t mix well. In 2017, the Kansas Department of Transportation reported 1,993 alcohol-related crashes. Eighty-one of those were fatal, and the majority of the drivers were college-aged men.

In addition to safety concerns, there are a number of very serious consequences for impaired driving in the state of Kansas. These include jailtime and hefty fines. If you’re an underage driver, you could be facing up to a year in jail, fines up to a few thousand dollars, and, among other consequences, having to install an ignition interlock device.

What will your speeding ticket cost you in Kansas?

Whether you’re in a hurry or just a little impatient, everyone winds up speeding eventually. For others, speeding is a more chronic problem which increases your risk for serious injury. In 2016, speeding was the second-leading cause of death in fatal motor vehicle crashes. There were roughly 400 more fatalities because of unbelted drivers, but it’s possible that some of those drivers could have also been speeding.

Speeding is a common and costly traffic violation. Between paying the fine associated with the violation and any increase in your insurance premium, speeding is expensive. The state of Kansas can also suspend your driver’s license for too many traffic violations, which means that you must also pay any reinstatement fees and complete any court-ordered requirements before having your license reinstated.

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