Kentucky DUI Law Is Changing on July 1

You will soon have a choice.

Effective July 1, 2020, Kentucky Ignition Interlock/DUI Law will be changing. Here’s a summary of the changes:

  • Ignition Interlock program changes from a full judicial program to a more streamlined process – giving the DOT administrative control of the program
  • Ability to choose between a suspension period or an interlock program
  • Streamlines the process/more uniformed across the Commonwealth
  • Make the program available to more offenders
  • Incentive-based, designed to encourage behavioral change
  • Uniformity of suspension and compliance periods

After that date, if you receive a DUI charge in Kentucky, you will have the choice of regular license suspension or using an ignition interlock device. Kentucky is making the incentive to use an ignition interlock very attractive. In essence, choosing an interlock means a decrease in the duration of the program (see below). 

Having anywhere from 2 months to 30 months shaved off the suspension time is huge. Who wouldn’t want to decrease the time of suspension, right?

How does this change affect offenders?

No matter if it is your first offense or your fourth offense, you can significantly decrease the time your license is suspended by choosing an ignition interlock. You are also being given the choice of driving versus not driving at all. That has quite an impact on how you can continuously go about your daily life without undue inconvenience.

Once a conviction is given, offenders will deal only with the DOT. One agency to interact with means better communication, less confusion, and a faster process.

How does this change affect the Kentucky courts?

Streaming the process and giving all administrative duties to the DOT will free up the courts and judges to be able to focus on judicial decision making. This is especially important as we are seeing the courts reopen in Kentucky and wading through the backlog of cases due to COVID-19. Courts will be able to get through DUI cases quicker since they no longer have to focus on the administrative details post-conviction. 

LifeSafer Ignition Interlock 

The LifeSafer Ignition Interlock in Kentucky is very affordable at about $3 per day. It’s also much cheaper per day than other forms of transportation you might have to use if your license is suspended and you can’t drive.

A successful program involves a quality device, plus customer support, a certified service technician at a location that is convenient for you, and reliable, accurate reporting. That’s where LifeSafer stands out.

LifeSafer’s devices are both NHTSA and ISO certified. What that means to you is each device is calibrated for perfect accuracy before it goes into your vehicle. A more reliable, accurate device means less hassle with false positives and equipment that malfunctions.

If you need assistance at any time during your interlock program, our Customer Support Center is open 24/7/365. Our team of Customer Support Experts will answer your questions and provide help whenever you need it. Our Reporting Specialists make sure your information is transmitted to your monitoring agency accurately and safely.

Our Certified Service Technicians have completed 40 hours of training, have been evaluated, and receive continued support from full-time LifeSafer staff. They will work with you to provide exceptional service during your interlock program from start to finish.

At LifeSafer, you aren’t just getting a device, you’re getting a team of dedicated individuals who have one goal – to help you successfully complete your interlock program safely and quickly. Call LifeSafer today at 800-634-3077 for full details and to get started on your interlock program or visit our website at lifesafer.com.