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Kentucky governor signs DUI bill into law

In the state of Kentucky, individuals who have multiple DUI convictions are required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. The same is true for first-time offenders who have been convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent or higher. A new law will now require all DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device or face the prospect of an extended license suspension.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving came out in support of the law. They claim that such legislation can reduce impaired driving fatalities by up to 16 percent. Other groups such as the Kentucky Distllers' Association were also in favor of the new legislation. It passed through the state Senate in February and was recently passed in the House just as the legislative session ended. The legislation will go into effect in July 2020, making Kentucky the 33rd state to have such a law on the books.

Individuals who are convicted for operating under the influence of alcohol could face significant penalties. These penalties may include jail or prison time, a license suspension and other sanctions. Offenders may also have more difficulty getting into college.

However, an attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal that reduces a DUI to a reckless driving or some other charge. It may also be possible to have the charge dismissed as well. This may happen if evidence is suppressed or if there is no evidence that a driver was impaired when taken into custody. Legal counsel could argue that a driver had a medical issue that made him or her look impaired when talking with an officer.

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