Kentucky Legislator Wants To Toughen DUI Laws

A member of the Kentucky State Senate has introduced legislation that would lower the blood-alcohol level for aggravated drunk driving.

Kentucky drunk driving laws establish .08% BAC as the threshold of legal intoxication. Currently a BAC of .18% or higher is considered an aggravated offense subject to additional penalties. Senate Bill 71 would establish .15% BAC as the new threshold for aggravated DUI.

Under the legislation, a highly intoxicated first offense driver would be required to spend a minimum of four days in jail. The bill also increases the penalties for drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs.

The bill has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and will soon be introduced to the full Senate of the Kentucky General Assembly.

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