Law officers plan statewide crackdown on drunk drivers in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The name of the program says it all: "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.''

That's the message from law officers and prosecutors in Kansas as they announced a plan to crack down on drunk driving -- more DUI checkpoints and saturation controls as the summer winds down.

A new law also makes it easier to take drunk drivers off the road.

Repeat offenders stopped on suspicion of drunk driving who refuse a breath or blood test will go to jail, according to information released at a Thursday news conference in Kansas City, Kan.

The number of fatal crashes involving drunk drivers jumped to 137 last year in Kansas.

"Nobody wants to be number one in killing the most people on the road in alcohol-related fatalities,'' said Pete Bodyk, manger of the traffic safety section at the Kansas Department of Transportation.

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