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What is the ignition interlock program, and how does it work?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2020 | DUI Defense |

As reported by Lex 18, changes to Kentucky law effective as of July 1, 2020 will allow drivers convicted of driving under the influence to install an ignition interlock system in their cars. 

This system prevents a car from starting until the driver has passed a breathalyzer test that establishes a blood alcohol concentration lower than .02. The driver must take another test soon after starting the car and additional random tests as he or she drives. 

Why would a DUI offender sign up for this program?  

If you face a DUI conviction, the Transportation Cabinet may suspend your driver’s license. The length of a suspension is generally based on whether it is your first DUI or whether you have had multiple violations. By installing an interlock device in your car, you may be able to reduce the length of your license suspension. 

What rules govern drivers in this program?  

A driver with an ignition interlock must comply with several program rules. You may find yourself in violation of the rules if you tamper with the device or fail to take or pass a random breath test.  Each device has a camera that photographs the driver to confirm identity, and you may not attempt to change or hide the driver’s identity during administration of a breath test. You must also comply with routine calibration and monitoring requirements. If you break the rules of the program, you may face additional consequences, including driving with the system for an extended period of time. 

If you find your driver’s license at risk of suspension because of a DUI, the ignition interlock device program may allow an earlier reinstatement of your license.