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How does the Kentucky Ignition Interlock Program work?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2021 | DUI, DUI Defense

When you receive a conviction for driving under the influence in Kentucky, you may find that it impacts many areas of your life. You may face fines, substance abuse treatment requirements and license suspensions, among other penalties. Some of these penalties may make it difficult for you to hold down a job.

Per Ky.gov, you may be able to reduce how long you have to go without a driver’s license after a DUI by enrolling in the Kentucky Ignition Interlock Program. How does it work, and how might it get you back behind the wheel faster than you would otherwise?

How the KIIP works

The KIIP gives some DUI offenders a means through which to reduce how long they have to go without a license. If you participate, you must install an ignition interlock device, or a device that assesses whether you have alcohol in your system, in every vehicle you drive. If you continue to use the device each time you drive and remain free from infractions, your use of the KKIP should lead to a reduction in how long your license undergoes suspension.

How much time you may get back

If you face your first DUI offense in 10 years, enroll in the KIIP and remain violation-free for 90 days, your participation may cut the time you have to go without your driver’s license from six months to four. For a second offense, the KIIP may cut your license suspension period from 18 months to 12 months.

While your use of the KIIP may help you get back behind the wheel faster, enrolling in the program and then blowing inadequate breath samples into the ignition interlock device may lead to additional legal trouble.