Ignition Interlock Laws in Kentucky
The state of Kentucky uses two different means of convicting people for DUI:
- If you operate a vehicle while being impaired due to alcohol or other drugs
- If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or higher, even if you do not show signs of being impaired
Driving under the influence (DUI) in Kentucky may result in a court order for an ignition interlock device (IID). For those under the age of 21, any trace of alcohol can warrant an arrest, as Kentucky has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving.
Kentucky Judicial DUI Penalties
|1st Offense||$200 to $500||48 hours||30 - 120 days|
|2nd Offense||$350 to $500||7 days to 6 months||12 to 18 months*|
|3rd Offense||$500 to $1,000||30 days to 12 months||24 to 36 months*|
|4th Offense||Determined by court||Minimum 120 days||60 months*|
*Driving privileges may be reinstated earlier with the installation of an ignition interlock device
- Offenders with 2 or more convictions must forfeit their license plates during their suspension.
- There can be an additional interlock period after revocation period ends, lasting form 6 to 30 months
- For Aggravated DUI, the mandatory jail times are longer. Aggravated DUI charges result from such circumstances as going 30 miles over the speed limited, an accident causing serious death or injury, and refusal to take an alcohol test
- There is also a $375 mandatory service fee and possible community labor, and alcohol abuse education treatment