Kansas legislators have made it a crime for drivers to refuse to take a blood alcohol test if they are pulled over by police.
Supporters say that the new law will make the state’s streets safer. According to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, nearly 30 percent of drivers pulled over under suspicion of drunk driving in 2012 had refused to take a blood alcohol test, leaving prosecutors with little or no evidence to use in court.
“Criminalizing the refusal to take a breath or blood alcohol test will hold the professional drunks accountable for their actions while creating a safer environment for Kansans,” said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe in a statement.
Sixteen other states have similar laws making it a crime to refuse a blood alcohol test.