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Welcome to Kentucky! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Kentucky. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Points assessed under the Kentucky Point System expire two years from the date of conviction. However, the conviction entry remains part of the driver's record for a period of five years from the conviction date.
The Transportation Cabinet conducts a hearing concerning the drivers privileges to operate a motor vehicle upon the accumulation of:
Failure to appear for the hearing results in a driving suspension for a period of:
After a hearing, the department may require the driver to be placed on "probation" in lieu of suspension and attend a driver improvement clinic (State Traffic School) approved by the Transportation Cabinet. Once a driver has been placed on "probation" by the department, he/she shall not be considered for probation again until a lapse of two years from the ending date of any previous probation period granted, whether served or not.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Kentucky does not have a state law governing red light violation fines or the use of traffic cameras for red light enforcement.
Speeding violations are subject to two times the original fine, whether or not workers are present.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not pass a left-turning vehicle on the right by driving off the roadway unless you bring your vehicle to a complete stop and such movement may be made safely.