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Bill Would Count DUI Offenses For 10 Years Instead Of 5

Legislative Research Commission

Drivers convicted of DUI in Kentucky would have it on their record for 10 years under a bill the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Thursday.

It takes four driving under the influence convictions within five years to be charged with a felony in Kentucky. Thursday, state Senators heard testimony from an Elizabethtown couple whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver. The driver had five prior DUI offenses, but because they were more than five years old he was charged with DUI first offense.

In the last year, nearly 24,000 Kentuckians were convicted of a DUI offense. Most of those were for first-time offenses, but 137 were convicted for the fourth time in a five-year period. This bill would likely increase the number of DUI fourth offenses.

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