The Kentucky Ignition Interlock Program (KIIP) allows some DUI offenders to regain driving privileges if they agree to install an ignition interlock device from an approved provider, like ADS. Even first-time offenders convicted of an alcohol-based driving offense risk a license suspension of at least 6 months, along with other penalties. In some cases, the license suspension term may be shortened if the offender enrolls in the KIIP.
As of July 1, 2020, the rules surrounding DUI-related license suspensions changed. Now, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) issues a static suspension term based on the offense. This term can be shortened if the offender installs an IID. This guide will go over the interlock policies in the state of Kentucky.
Kentucky, like many states, has a legal blood alcohol content of .08 percent. Drivers found to be at or above this level while driving risk the following penalties:
Some Kentucky drivers are allowed to regain driving privileges during their license suspension period, by enrolling in the KIIP and installing an ignition interlock device. They must also meet other criteria, including:
To have their license suspension term shortened, KIIP participants must be free of interlock violations for 90 or 120 days. The length of time depends on their offense.
Kentucky’s interlock program, KIIP, is compliance-based. In Kentucky, compliant offenders are eligible to have their license suspension reduced if they have no violations for 90 or 12 days. Violations include test failures, attempts to tamper with the device, missed tests, or missed calibration or maintenance appointments. A violation causes the countdown to start over from day one. Kentucky devices are required to have a camera, so attempts to hide from the camera or obscure the camera are also considered a violation.
Kentucky requires offenders to cover the cost of installing and leasing their state-approved interlock device. The devices must be approved by the KYTC, the monitoring authority in Kentucky. Any failed tests or attempts to tamper with the device will be reported to the monitoring authority. Devices cost between $100 and $150 to install, and ADS interlocks cost between $2.50 and $3.50 per day to lease. ADS interlocks are easy-to-use and feature bilingual prompts in English and Spanish.
Kentucky does offer financial assistance to eligible offenders who cannot afford interlock costs. To request financial support, offenders should fill out the KIIP Affordability Application and submit it to the KYTC.
Thanks to our large partner network, ADS has more than 5,500 installation locations nationwide, and several throughout the state of Kentucky. When you are ready for installation, you can make your appointment and head to a service center for installation. Technicians will install your device, and ensure you understand how it works. You will be returning to your installation location on a regular basis for device calibration, so choose one that is convenient for you to visit. If you are ready to get started, please contact ADS to set up your appointment.