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KY Ignition Interlock Bill Passes

Following are proposed changes to the DUI law in Kentucky.  This will affect those charged with DUI and their ability to obtain driving privileges.  The bill has passed and is anticipated to be signed by Governor Beshear. Ignition interlock legislation heading to Governor FRANKFORT - The state General Assembly passed a bill late last night that would expand the use of ignition interlocks for people caught driving under the influence of alcohol. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 133, would reduce the number of habitual drunken drivers, said Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville. SB 133 would supplement hardship licenses - special licenses allowing people with suspended licenses to drive to work, school and doctor's appointments - with ignition interlocks. An ignition interlock is a device about the size of a mobile phone that is wired into the ignition system of a vehicle. A person convicted driving under the influence must blow into the device in order to start their vehicle. If they have a measurable amount of alcohol in their system, the vehicle will not start. Supporters of the bill said that the 24 other states with a similar law have seen a 30 percent decrease in fatalities due to drunk driving. Unlike previous versions of the bill, McGarvey said it does not require first-time DUI offenders to purchase an ignition interlock unless they were found guilty of aggravating circumstances, like having a child in the car, going more than 30 mph over the speed limit.  Other aggravating circumstances include: refusal of breath/blood test, blood alcohol measured over .15, accident involving serious injury and driving the wrong way on a highway. If you have been charged with DUI, know the law and the changes and hire an experienced DUI attorney.  For a consultation in Northern Kentucky, call the Bouldin Law Firm and speak to Michael Bouldin.  Contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call at 859-581-6453.

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