The ignition interlock program – an overview

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Among other possible penalties, those convicted of or who plead guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol face a suspension of their driver’s licenses. Under some circumstances, however, they may qualify for provisional driving privileges through the state’s ignition interlock program.

A device installed in their vehicles that they must provide breath samples for before starting their autos, understanding the program may help motorists determine if an ignition interlock license is right for them.

How does the program work?

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, those who have their driver’s license suspended for alcohol-related offenses may receive admission into the state’s ignition interlock program. With an ignition interlock license, people have limited driving privileges. They may only operate those vehicles equipped with ignition interlock devices for the DUI offense’s required suspension period.

What is the cost of the program?

Motorists who apply for ignition interlock licenses bear the financial costs associated with having the devices installed in their vehicles. In addition to the initial device installation fee, the expense of ignition interlock devices includes monthly monitoring and calibration fees, and a device removal fee. Those who cannot afford the costs of a device may apply to receive assistance through the state.

What causes the consecutive day count to reset?

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, several violations stop the ignition interlock program’s consecutive day requirement. Violations of the program include failing to take random breath alcohol tests, failing to pass random retests with BAC within the limit, or failing to appear at the device provider for maintenance or other such purposes.

The consequences of a drunk driving arrest are often far-reaching and lasting. However, taking advantage of programs such as the ignition interlock license may help people to limit the effects of their arrests on the rest of their lives.