Joe Raedle

New Kansas law allows drivers to refuse field sobriety tests

July 02, 2019 - 6:53 pm

Kansas drivers will no longer be charged with a crime for refusing a field sobriety test. 

According to changes in a new state law, police can no longer ticket suspected drivers for not taking the test.  The new law went into effect on Monday.

However, drivers who refuse to comply will face a one year license suspension, which is equal to the longest penalty for failing a breathalyzer or blood test.

Drivers who refuse to be tested can still be prosecuted for a DUI based on other evidence.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the decision to eliminate the law making it a separate violation comes from court rulings on whether motorists driving on streets and highways give implied consent to sobriety tests.

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