Kentucky House Votes 96-0 to Pass Representative Dennis Keene’s HB 60 to Toughen Kentucky DUI Laws

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Frankfort, KY:  The Kentucky House of Representatives today voted 96-0 to pass House Bill 60, filed by Representative Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) to strengthen Kentucky’s DUI laws by requiring convicted drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

“Today in a unanimous vote in the House, there was overwhelming support for justice for DUI victims, said Rep. Dennis Keene, sponsor of House Bill 60. The members of the House took a step forward toward saving lives and preventing families from suffering the devastating effects of drunk driving crashes. I know from experience as a parent of a daughter who was severely injured by a drunk driver, it is a call you never want to receive. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who voted today to protect Kentuckians.”

For six years Dennis Keene has been working on this important life-saving legislation. “We have strong bi-partisan support in the Senate this year and I am hopeful that this will be the year the Senate joins in passing this important legislation,” said Rep. Keene.

House Bill 60 will require individuals convicted of drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device, which would test the operators breath for alcohol before allowing the engine to start without any cost to the taxpayers. MADD, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Anheuser Busch, AAA and other groups support mandatory interlock laws.

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