GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Kansas. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving


    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .15 30 days    

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions


    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes


  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    3 yrs or under in child restraint

    4-7 yrs and under 80 lbs or under 57" tall in child restraint or booster seat

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8-13 yrs

    4-7 yrs and over 80 lbs or taller than 57"

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense


  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?


    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers


    Novice Drivers

    Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    6 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    65 and over: renewal every 4 years

  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1976.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law


    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 14 and over

    In What Seat?

    Riders ages 14-17: All

    Riders 18 and over: Front (other seating positions are secondary enforcement)

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    Riders ages 14-17: $60

    Riders 18 and over: $30

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted once or twice a month. Their legality is upheld under state law and federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs

    Red Light Cameras

    No state law or programs

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70
  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    16 years, 6 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    14 12 50 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 First 6 months: 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. First 6 months: no more than 1 non-sibling

    *Note: At age 15, novice drivers can drive without supervision to and from work or school.

  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    All moving vehicle violations

    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?


    Signs Must Be Present?