Kentucky Ignition Interlock Laws

Kentucky, like all states in the United States, is dealing with a serious DUI problem on its highways. With hundreds lost each year to alcohol related driving deaths and 3,500 plus DWI arrests in the state on a yearly basis, the need for more stringent DUI laws and enforcement strategies is obvious. In response to this very real threat, the Kentucky legislature has enacted statutes with new more sever DUI laws and penalties. Some of these new penalties use Ignition Interlock Devices as repeat offense deterrents, a tactic that has proven to be quite effective.

Ignition Interlock devices prohibit a driver from operating a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol. Due to the extremely high recidivism rate among DUI offenders, targeting repeat offenders as a tactic to limiting DUI cases overall has proven quite effective. Many drivers involved in fatal alcohol-impaired-driving crashes have been arrested previously for driving while intoxicated (DWI). In 2007, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol (NHTSA, 2008a).

A first time Kentucky DUI conviction will result in a License suspension between 30 and 120 days, but a hardship license may be available after 30 days. A judge, at his discretion, may feel the circumstance surrounding the DUI case may warrant the driver having to have an IID installed. It is much more likely, however, that 2nd or 3rd time Dui offenders will be required to have IID installed by the courts.

At the conclusion of an offender’s license revocation period following a Kentucky DUI, the court may require that person to operate only motor vehicles equipped with ignition interlock devices (with the exception of an employer’s vehicles).

Following the suspension of driving privileges through a license revocation, the IID requirement will last the following:
Six months for a first DWI offense
A full year for 2nd DWI offenses
30 full months for 3rd DWI or subsequent DWI offenses
2nd time or subsequent DWI offenders are forced to wait at least a full year from the start of their license suspension before being able to apply to the court for the use of an ignition interlock device and the restoration of limited driving privileges. The courts may see this a fitting alternative to impounding license plates of autos involved in multiple DUI cases.

The statutes indicate that:
“The court may grant hardship driving privileges for the purpose of employment, education, medical care, alcohol/substance abuse education programs or other court ordered counseling programs. This privilege may be conditioned on the offender operating motor vehicles equipped with ignition interlock devices.”

Regardless of your specific situation, the Ignition Interlock specialists at Smart Start of Kentucky can help you. Our service offers the rental, installation and maintenance of ignition interlock devices to those individuals in Kentucky who wish to get a reinstated license, have been forced to have an IID installed on their vehicle due to multiple DWI arrests, or for those families who wish to have an IID installed onto a minor or loved ones automobile. Our offices deal with people in the same situation you are in on a daily basis. We are able to answer questions regarding your license restrictions, your court or Kentucky motor vehicle mandated requirements, and of course, any questions you may have about the device itself.

Smart Start of Kentucky has helped thousands of individuals adhere to court orders and successfully separate drinking from driving. We can help you during this very difficult time as well. Contact us online today or at 800-880-3394 for more information on our Kentucky Ignition Interlock Device Locations and services.

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