From Aug. 21 through Sept. 7, law enforcement authorities will crack down on drunk driving across the Bluegrass. A statewide mobilization campaign for ‘Drunk Driving: Over the Limit - Under Arrest’ will be in effect. The key to this is highly visible enforcement together with public awareness. Law enforcement officials will be out in numbers to remind the public to be aware that if you are caught driving impaired, you will be prosecuted.
Driving while impaired is a factor in many accidents across the Bluegrass. Some of these accidents end up in fatalities because the individual driving while impaired was not smart enough not to get behind the wheel, but thought they could drive just fine. What people who drink and drive don’t realize is that your reaction time to an incident on the roadways will be affected by your impairment. The number one goal in Kentucky is to try and reduce the volume of accidents that occur each and every year.
According to KRS 189A.010 - Operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of or above 0.08 or of or above 0.02 for persons under the age of 21, or while under the influence of alcohol or other substance which impairs driving ability is prohibited. A person shall not operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle anywhere in the state. The first offense within a five year period will be fined not less than $200 nor more than $500 or be imprisoned in jail for not less than 48 hours nor more than 30 days, or both. If aggravating circumstances are present, the person who is operating the vehicle or in physical control of a vehicle will be subject to the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment which will be four days, which term shall not be suspended, probated, conditionally charged or subject to any other form of early release.
For a second offense within a five year period, the person will be fined not less than $350 nor more than $500 and shall be imprisoned in jail for not less than seven days nor more than six months and in addition to a fine and imprisonment may be sentenced to community labor for not less than 10 days nor more than six months. If aggravating circumstances are present, the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment shall be 14 days, not to be suspended, probated, conditionally discharged or subject to any other form of early release.
These are just a couple of the penalties that you can see will happen if you get caught driving drunk. The penalties go on to a third and fourth offense with longer jail time and more expense. A fourth offense drunk driving charge against an individual is a Class D felony. Also, any person who violates the provisions of the KRS law shall have their driving privilege or operator’s license suspended by the court for a period of no less than 30 days, but no longer than six months.
What individuals need to consider also is that their vehicle insurance will more than likely cost more because of the driving under the influence charge. So, remember that you need to be smart and not drive while under the influence because it will cost you time and money, but also, someone’s life could be at risk if you are operating a vehicle on the roadway.