Authors: Representative Cindy Kirchhofer
Provides that an "ignition interlock driver" is a designation of a person who is restricted by a court to operate only a motor vehicle that is equipped with a functioning certified ignition interlock device. Requires courts to designate certain individuals as "ignition interlock drivers". Changes the conditions under which a court is required to grant a hardship license with restricted driving privileges. Restricts a person to operating only a vehicle with a functioning and certified ignition interlock device in certain situations. Provides that if a court has granted a person restricted driving privileges for a restricted driver's license because of hardship, the person has violated the restrictions, and the bureau of motor vehicles (BMV) determines that the person has a functioning certified ignition interlock device installed in the vehicles the person expects to operate, the bureau may extend the suspension of the person's driving privileges and ignition interlock restrictions. Provides that if a person operates a vehicle in violation of a probationary license, the BMV may extend the suspension of the person's driving privileges and ignition interlock restrictions. Provides that a court may grant a person less than 21 years of age who operated a vehicle with a certain blood alcohol concentration probationary driving privileges restricting the person to operating only a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. Provides that a court may grant a person convicted of operating a motorboat while intoxicated probationary driving privileges restricting the person to operating only vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device. Provides that if a court grants a person certain probationary driving privileges, the person may operate only a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. Changes the notice that must be provided to a person whose driving privileges are suspended for refusal to submit to a chemical test. Provides that if a person whose driving privileges have been suspended files an application for an issuance of an ignition interlock, the person waives the right to a judicial hearing. Provides that certain ignition interlock restrictions remain in effect until the BMV receives a notification from the ignition interlock vendor that certain incidents have not occurred. Creates the ignition interlock assistance fund to be administered by the BMV, to assist indigent persons in meeting ignition interlock device expenses. Requires an ignition interlock device vendor to collect a $100 fee and to forward this fee to the BMV to fund the ignition interlock assistance fund. Changes certain driver's license suspension periods. Requires the bureau to keep and publish statistics concerning ignition interlock drivers. Raises the criminal penalty for tampering with an ignition interlock device to a Class A misdemeanor. Provides time frames, depending on the number of previous convictions for operating a vehicle or motorboat while intoxicated, for the length of a suspension of a person's driving privileges. Requires a court, if there is probable cause to believe that a person violated an operating while intoxicated law, to issue an order that as an alternative to suspending a person's driving privileges the person may operate a vehicle only if it is equipped with a functioning certified ignition interlock device. Strikes references to "disulfiram". Requires the state department of toxicology to adopt rules to establish standards and specifications for an ignition interlock device. (Current law requires the bureau to adopt these rules.) Requires the state department of toxicology to approve ignition interlock devices. Allows a person to petition for an ignition interlock device in certain situations. Creates the ignition interlock oversight committee.