Ignition interlock devices close to becoming reality for Kentucky DUI offenders

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky is one step closer to making DUI laws tougher, as an ignition interlock requirement is heading to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.

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Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 85 Thursday night, and it would make the interlock device an option for first-time DUI offenders. They would also have the option of losing their license for nine months.

Advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports the law, stating it has led to a 16 percent reduction in drunk driving deaths. Opponents state the cost associated with the devices is too harsh for first-time offenders.

32 other states and Washington, D.C. have similar laws in place.

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