Ky. lawmakers pass ignition interlock bill
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have given final passage to a bill aimed at curtailing drunken driving through use of ignition interlock devices that test the sobriety of drivers.
A final version cleared the House and Senate on Tuesday as lawmakers neared the conclusion of their legislative session. The measure now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear.
Rep. Dennis Keene, a longtime advocate for use of the devices, says the measure will make roads safer.
The final version doesn’t require first-time DUI offenders to have the devices installed unless there’s an aggravating circumstance, such as excessive speed or driving drunk with a child in the car.
Drivers must blow into the devices in order to start their vehicles. If their blood-alcohol concentration exceeds a certain level, the vehicles won’t start.