CHEROKEE CO. -- According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, there were 57 deaths on Kansas roads last year from alcohol-related crashes, down from 102 in 2011. New laws, like requiring first time DUI offenders to use an ignition interlock devise on their vehicle, are receiving some of the credit for the change. However, Cherokee county sheriff David Groves says public education about the dangers of drinking and driving has also had a big impact.
"There's been a greater public education campaign," Groves says. "There's been a lot of programs, we're in the schools, a lot of different things that are making people more and more aware of the dangers of driving under the influence."
The number of alcohol-related crashes also fell last year to just under 2,200, the lowest number in more than a decade.