SB 0102 Authorizes ignition interlock devices
Committee:CIVILR Number:L0513.03T
Last Action:07/06/95 - Signed by Governor
Title:HCS/SB 102
Effective Date:August 28, 1995
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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SB 102 - This act authorizes the use of ignition interlock devices. These devices measure alcohol content through a breath test and will not allow a vehicle to be started if the operator fails the test.

WHEN IMPOSED - A court may require the use of an interlock device when a person is convicted of a first intoxication-related traffic offense and shall require the use of such device when a person is convicted a second such offense and was granted probation.

IGNITION INTERLOCK RESTRICTION - Any person required to use the ignition interlock device must have it installed on any vehicle which he operates during the time period required.

SCOPE OF AUTHORITY - The act authorizes all circuit and municipal courts in the state to require persons who are found guilty of, or plea guilty to, drunk driving to use the ignition interlock device as a condition of probation or as a condition of a hardship license.

DIRECTIONS FOR COURT USE - The court may require the device if there will be no undue hardship imposed by the cost of the device. No court shall have to require a device if it cannot be installed within fifty miles of the county seat of the offender's county of residence. Any fine imposed must be reduced by the cost of the ignition interlock device. The device may only be required for a person who has full or limited driving privileges. Proof of compliance shall be made to the court or a probation officer. The Department of Revenue shall be informed of the requirement.

CERTIFICATION OF DEVICES - The Department of Public Safety shall certify ignition interlock devices and adopt guidelines for proper use of the devices.

VIOLATIONS - It is made a Class A misdemeanor to circumvent or tamper with the ignition interlock device. No one may knowingly provide an unequipped vehicle to a restricted driver.