Do you know if your Ignition Interlock vendor meets state standards and is compliant with them? State-approved vendors are required to meet state standards, which includes the customer support you receive and the service locations you visit.
As a vendor built on customer service, Smart Start ensures that all program requirements are met in every state we operate in. To be state-approved, each Ignition Interlock vendor must comply with strict standards to operate in that state, such as providing written documentation that the devices meet or exceed the minimum testing standards under federal model device specifications.
How Ignition Interlock Vendors Stay Compliant in States
In states such as Washington, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) inspects Ignition Interlock service centers to ensure they are maintaining compliance with the state Ignition Interlock rules and regulations. The WSP makes sure the team installing your device meets all state regulations. For example, all technicians must be certified and licensed to do an Ignition Interlock installation, as well as repair, removal and regular service of your device. Oregon is working toward a similar measure as well.
Each Ignition Interlock program is structured to follow that state’s rules and regulations. That’s why the program can vary from state to state. If you have a conviction in one state, but live in another, your vendor will need to know so you can comply with the correct state’s rules and regulations on Ignition Interlocks.
Examples of Ignition Interlock Program Requirements
Some factors of your program requirements include initial and rolling retests. For example, one state allows users to perform an initial test, then have 5 minutes to complete the random retest, and then every 10 to 30 minutes afterward. Another state may require an initial test and then every 15 to 45 minutes afterward for rolling retests with a six-minute time limit.
The type, and number of, violations allowed before a violation reset for Ignition Interlocks also vary state to state. A state determines how many violations will occur before a client is in lockout mode, and how long the violation grace period is before a permanent lockout. Calibration appointments vary as well. Some states require these appointments every 30 days, and others are every 60 days.
These state standards ensure a consistent Ignition Interlock program for all users. Any vendor that’s state-approved will follow these standards so you are properly meeting the state or court Ignition Interlock requirements.
If you are in an administrative state, you can visit your oversight agency’s website to compare and check out state-approved Ignition Interlock vendors. Otherwise, your monitoring authority for your DUI case should make recommendations. If not, you can search the Internet, compare prices and see if the vendor’s service locations are convenient for you.
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