SERIES: What do I need to do to remove my Ignition Interlock? Part 3

You may be wondering what you need to do now that it’s near the end of your Ignition Interlock program. Below is a state-by-state breakdown of the proper steps of removing your Ignition Interlock.

Here are the states in Part 3 of our series: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland.

Double-check with your program contact before removing your Ignition Interlock! If you remove your device before your program is completed, you may be charged with additional fees, and/or added time with your Interlock.

Updated January 2018

Hawaii

We can remove our Ignition Interlock at your request. Keep in mind, however, that if you remove the device early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled by the Hawaii Administrative Driver’s License Revocation Office (ADLRO). Any fees paid will be non-refundable.  You may reach the DMV office at 808-587-6302 to verify your eligibility date. Then, contact your local Smart Start service center to schedule your device removal appointment.

Idaho

Smart Start will need permission to remove our Ignition Interlock in Idaho. You may submit your original court order with your Ignition Interlock terms or contact your monitoring authority for removal authorization. You will also need to send your removal documents to Removals@smartstartinc.com or you can fax them to 972-929-6638. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number. Please allow 2 business days for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of your removal eligibility date or next steps.

Illinois

To help you stay in compliance, Smart Start will need approval to remove our BAIID in Illinois. However, we will remove the device at your request at any time.

DMV/License Suspensions
Have you received your BAIID removal eligibility date from the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS)?

If Yes
Email us at Removals@smartstartinc.com. Include your full name, date of birth, driver’s license number and the removal eligibility date.  Please be sure to include your SOS representative’s password/code provided by SOS.  Allow one business day for processing.  A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of next steps.

If No
You may contact the SOS at 217-524-0660 to obtain your removal date. Once obtained, see above instructions to notify us of your removal authorization.

Probation or Court Requirement
We will remove our BAIID at your request. However, if you remove the device early, your court requirements may be extended and/or driving privileges can be suspended, and any fees paid will be non-refundable. We recommend you contact your court monitoring authority to obtain removal verification.

Indiana

To help you stay in compliance, we will need approval to remove our Ignition Interlock. However, we will remove the device at your request at any time.

You may contact your monitoring authority for removal authorization. You can also submit your original court order with the terms of your Ignition Interlock to Removals@smartstartinc.com or fax the order to 972-929-6638. Include your full name and date of birth. Please allow 1 business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or next steps to become eligible.

Iowa

We will remove our device at your request, however, if you remove early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and any fees paid will be non-refundable.  You may reach the DOT at 515-239-1101 to obtain your removal eligibility date. Once you obtain this date, please call our Iowa Customer Care Center at 866-747-8278 to schedule your removal appointment.

Kansas

Smart Start can remove our device at your request. However, if you remove early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled by the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and any fees paid will be non-refundable.  You may reach the DMV by calling them at 785-296-3671 or visiting their website to obtain your removal eligibility date. Once you obtain this date, please call our Kansas Customer Care Center at 866-747-8278 to schedule a removal appointment.

Kentucky

To help you stay in compliance, we will need approval to remove our Ignition Interlock. However, we will remove the device at your request at any time.

You may contact your monitoring authority for removal authorization. You can also submit your original court order with the terms of your Ignition Interlock to Removals@smartstartinc.com or fax the order to 972-929-6638. Make sure to include your full name and date of birth. Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of your removal eligibility date or steps to take to become eligible.

Louisiana

To help you stay in compliance, we will need approval to remove our Ignition Interlock in Louisiana. However, we can remove the device at your request at any time.

Bond, Pre-trial or Probation
Smart Start will need permission to remove your Ignition Interlock. You may submit to us your original court orders with the terms of the device or a copy of Minutes. As an alternative, you can contact your monitoring authority to obtain authorization.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) or Driver’s License Reinstatement
You will need to obtain an application or notice from the OMV with your Ignition Interlock terms and a valid unrestricted license. You can reach the OMV at 225-925-6146.

You may submit your removal documents to Smart Start at Removals@smartstartinc.com or fax them to 972-929-6638.  Please allow two business days for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to take to become eligible.

Maine

We will remove our device at your request. However, if you remove your Ignition Interlock early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled by the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and any fees paid will be non-refundable. You may contact the Maine Operating Under the Influence (OUI) at 207- 624-9000, ext. 52104.

Maryland

To help you stay in compliance, we will need approval to remove our Ignition Interlock in Maryland. However, we can remove the device at your request at any time.

You may contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) office at 800-950-1682 to obtain your Ignition Interlock program’s end date. Your device must be serviced on or after this date for the MVA to receive a final report (the 12th month).

Please allow three to five business days from the last device download for the MVA to review your reports and process a Completion Letter. You can contact them at 800-950-1682. Once you have your letter, present it to your local Smart Start service center for removal.

Smart Start’s Customer Care Center

Remember, once you receive approval from your court and/or state office, email our Customer Care Center at removals@smartstartinc.com with your name, date of birth, and any removal documents you may have.

Ignition Interlock Removal Series

Part 1: A general Ignition Interlock removal guide.

Part 2: The proper removal process for your Interlock program broken down by state: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia

Part 3: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland

Part 4: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey

Part 5: New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina

Part 6: South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Still need to install an Ignition Interlock? Smart Start is the ultimate nationwide provider with a seamless and affordable Interlock program. Call our Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our quick and easy online form.

Pennsylvania Will Save More Lives with Ignition Interlocks

Pennsylvania is set to enact an all-offender Ignition Interlock law starting August 25. This new law will require more offenders to drive with an Ignition Interlock. This new legislation will make traveling safer with fewer impaired drivers on Pennsylvania roads.

The New, All-Offender Pennsylvania Drunk Driving Law

If someone is convicted of a DUI, installing an Ignition Interlock in their vehicle is likely necessary if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is .10 or higher. The requirement of an Ignition Interlock varies, however. For instance, if a drunk driver has a lower BAC level but has a child in the car, they will need an Interlock, too.

Instead of the offender getting their license suspended, they will instead have the option to apply for a limited license from PennDOT and legally drive again with an Interlock.

Previous Drunk Driving Law in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s previous drunk driving law only deemed Ignition Interlocks mandatory for repeat offenders. However, in various nationwide studies, the recidivism rate for repeat offenders significantly drops if an Interlock is in use after a first offense. In a CDC study, the recidivism rate lowered 32 percent amongst a group of Ignition Interlock users during the 30 months following the removal of an Interlock. The CDC also states that the average drunk driver will drive intoxicated 80 times before a first arrest.

License Suspension Versus Ignition Interlocks

Under the previous law, one’s license will be suspended for a first-time DUI offense. But studies also prove that license suspension alone is not an effective deterrent to drunk driving. In fact, offenders will continue to drive regardless of the suspension because there is nothing physically stopping them. Ignition Interlocks will not allow someone to drive their vehicle if they fail a breath test.

Ignition Interlocks allow people to continue their everyday routine while driving safely again. They can continue to go to work or school while improving their lives.

Smart Start Gets You Back on the Road

If you need an Ignition Interlock, choose Smart Start. Our team will provide you a quote, any current discounts and set up your installation appointment in your area. Call Smart Start today at 800-831-3299 or fill out our quick and easy online form.

South Carolina: Bars and Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Need One Million in Liquor Liability

South Carolina’s bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will now need a million dollars in liquor liability insurance. The law went into effect July 1 and is called the ‘Dram Shop’ bill. Dram shop is an older term that describes sellers of alcohol.

The Dram Shop, Liquor Liability Bill in South Carolina

Any business that’s open past 5 p.m. and sells alcohol for on-site consumption must have this coverage. If they do not get this coverage, it could mean suspension or revocation of their permit or license.

The state voted to amend its current liquor license law after a drunk driving crash paralyzed a police officer in Dillon and also left him permanently brain-damaged. Afterward, the club from which the driver left from was not held liable for the crash because they did not have any insurance.

Safety on South Carolina’s Roadways

In response, the South Carolina Association for Justice says the law should prevent serious accidents from happening in the future. It will also hold businesses that over-serve alcohol liable for DUI-related deaths and/or damages.

South Carolina and Ignition Interlocks

In South Carolina, Ignition Interlocks are mandatory for all DUI offenders with a BAC of .15 or greater. However, other states with mandatory laws see a lower risk of drunk driving on their roadways with an Ignition Interlock requirement of a BAC of .08 or greater.

Interlocks are an effective tool against drunk driving, and, alongside responsible bar and club owners, will help keep South Carolina’s roads safe.

Smart Start Gets You Back on the Road Safely

Need an Ignition Interlock? Smart Start can provide you a reliable and affordable Interlock with round-the-clock customer service. Our team will set up your appointment, give a quote and let you know about any current discounts in your area. Call today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our online form.

Utah’s New .05 BAC Law is Strictest in the Nation

A new law that takes effect December 2018 will declare Utah as having the strictest blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in the nation.

The .05 BAC law will be the lowest limit nationwide. The rest of the nation’s legal limit is .08.

Utah’s New .05 BAC Law Sparks Opposition, Approval

According to a news article on the subject, some organizations oppose the measure of lowering Utah’s BAC legal limit to .05. One organization said in an ad that people older than 65 are more impaired while driving compared to someone with a BAC level of .05. This statement was later refuted and the NHTSA study they refer to has not been found.

In addition, it has also been proven that someone driving with a .05 BAC level is still impaired.

Others organizations, such as the National Transportation Safety Board, have recommended all other states follow suit and lower their legal BAC level to .05 as well. Therefore, with the BAC limit lowering throughout the U.S., overall public safety improves.

Despite the controversy surrounding the new law, it is good that the state is focusing on reducing drunken driving. Utah’s seen 276 traffic fatalities that were alcohol-related in 2015.

That number is up 8 percent from 256 in 2014.

Ignition Interlocks: The Tool to Stop Drunk Driving

Lowering the BAC legal limit is a less common way of combating drunk driving.

What most states see in successfully reducing drunk driving is installing an Ignition Interlock into all DUI offenders’ vehicles. With an all-offender law, Ignition Interlocks will combat repeat drunk driving offenders.  All-offender states saw a major difference on their roadways, with a reduction in drunk driving repeat offenses by 67 percent.

An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a tool that physically stops someone from starting their car when they are impaired. The IID has a fail set limit, and if the person blows into the mouthpiece and reaches that limit, they will not be able to drive their vehicle.

Whether your state has a legal BAC limit of .05 or .08, Smart Start recommends drinking responsibly.

Do you need an Ignition Interlock? Our Customer Care Center can provide you a quote, any current specials or discounts, and schedule an installation appointment. Call Smart Start today at 800-831-3299 or fill out our quick and simple online form.

Ignition Interlocks Will Save More Lives in Nevada Starting in 2018

Senate Bill 259 is well underway in Nevada, and will take effect January 2018.

The new law will allow DUI offenders to install an Ignition Interlock into their vehicle to continue driving with a revoked license.

Should someone opt for the Ignition Interlock, their license revocation period will extend to 185 days instead of 90. The new law will also allow someone to use an Ignition Interlock while their case is still pending.

Senate Bill 259 will create safer roadways in Nevada. It will also allow people to continue to drive safely, and get back to their everyday routine.

Nevada Ignition Interlock, DUI Law Right Now

The current law states that only DUI offenders with a BrAC level of .18 will receive an Ignition Interlock Device, or IID, as part of their court order. The usual nationwide BrAC legal limit is .08.

Ignition Interlocks are a Safety Tool Against Drunk Driving

Studies show that all-offender Ignition Interlock laws save more lives than states less strict Interlock laws.

According to MADD’s report, an Ignition Interlock has stopped a drunk driving car start 6,222 times in Nevada from December 2006 to December 2016. These drivers had a BrAC level of at least .08, and had an Ignition Interlock in their vehicles.

With Nevada’s recent passing of this bill, the Silver State will have a higher number of saved lives.

Smart Start, the World’s Ignition Interlock Provider

Ignition Interlocks are the only tool to combat drunken driving. Choose Smart Start, the industry leader, to help you get back on the road safely.

Need an Ignition Interlock now? Smart Start will provide you a quote, our current discounts or specials, and set up an installation appointment at your nearest service center. Call our Customer Care Center team today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our quick and easy online form today.

SERIES: What Do I Need To Do To Remove My Ignition Interlock? Part 2

Ready to remove your Ignition Interlock? To help you stay in compliance of your program, we will need formal approval to remove our Ignition Interlock. However, we can remove your device at your request at any time.

See below a list of states to determine the proper removal steps: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia.

Last Updated: January 2018

What’s the Process to Remove My Ignition Interlock?

Alabama

For court Ignition Interlock orders (if you need an Ignition Interlock as a bond, pre-trial and/or probation requirement):
Smart Start will need permission to remove our Ignition Interlock Device first. You may submit your original court orders with the terms of the Ignition Interlock or a copy of Minutes. As an alternative, you can contact your monitoring authority to receive authorization for removal.

For administrative Ignition Interlock orders (the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS), as a condition of reinstatement):
You will need a Clearance of Suspension Notice and/or your driver’s license without the Ignition Interlock restrictions.

Any documents you will provide to start the removal process can be submitted to us at removals@smartstartinc.com. You can also fax them to us at 972-929-6638. Remember to include your full name and date of birth on all your paperwork.

Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of your eligibility date for removal or the next steps.

Alaska

We will remove our Ignition Interlock at your request. However, it is your responsibility to verify your eligibility date with the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If you remove your device early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled, and any fees paid will be non-refundable. Please contact your Smart Start service center to schedule a removal appointment.

Arizona

If your Ignition Interlock was required by the Motor Vehicles Division (MVD):

Have you received your removal eligibility date from the Arizona MVD? Or a 6-Month Deferment letter for early removal?

If yes, on the date you are eligible to remove your device, please visit an MVD office or 3rd party provider so you can secure a TEMPORARY paper driver’s license without the Interlock Required restriction on it. Once obtained, you can take your TEMPORARY paper license to your local Smart Start Service Center for device removal.

If you receive the Deferment letter from the MVD, that is all you need to bring to the service center for us to remove the device. We will remove your device at your request, however, if you remove it early.

If no, please contact the MVD at 602-255-0072 to obtain your removal eligibility date. Once obtained, please follow the instructions listed above.

Probation
You may submit your authorization court documents to Removals@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.  

Arkansas

We will remove our Ignition Interlock at your request. However, it is your responsibility to verify your eligibility date with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration at 501-682-1631.  You may visit their website for a list of the Driver Control offices and their phone numbers by county.

If you remove your device early, your driving privileges may be suspended or canceled, and any fees paid will be non-refundable.

You can email Smart Start at ARconfirmation@smartstartinc.com to request a copy of your Ignition Interlock Requirement Form. Include your first and last name, driver’s license or ID number and date of birth and the reason for your email (Arkansas Ignition Interlock Requirement Form Request).  Please allow 2 hours for processing during our business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time.

Once you receive your Ignition Interlock Requirement Form, you will need to take it to a Driver Control office to start the removal process.

California

If your Ignition Interlock was required because of:

Probation Requirement
You may submit your original court documents or Minutes with length of Terms of Interlock to Removals@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You may submit a request for verification to DMV_Verify@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.

You can also contact our Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299.

Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to follow.

Colorado

Are you on a 9-Month Program?

If YES
What is your reinstatement date? If you don’t know, you can call the DMV at 303-205-5613.

Please contact Smart Start at 303-279-3318 to start the removal process and to have your 4-Month Report processed and sent to the DMV for removal approval. Colorado DMV will issue you an unrestricted license after completion of the interlock program.  Please allow 5 business days for processing.

In both cases, you will need to present your unrestricted license at the time of removal. Contact your local Smart Start service center to schedule your removal appointment.

If NO
You can obtain your restriction end date from the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 303-205-5613. Or you can obtain your unrestricted license to become eligible to have your Ignition Interlock removed. When you get your restriction end date, please contact your Smart Start service center to schedule the removal of your device.

Is your vehicle totaled, inoperable, or repossessed?

Please contact us at 303-279-3318 and our team will assist you on next steps.

Connecticut

You will need to obtain a P-249 form from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 860-263-5720 or by email at dmv.suspension@ct.gov. The DMV will usually mail you the P-249 form 14 days in advance of your Ignition Interlock removal. Bring this form to your removal appointment at your Smart Start service center.

Once you have your P-249 form, forward it to us at Removals@smartstartinc.com. You can also fax the form to 972-929-6638. Include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number. Please allow one business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to follow.

If your vehicle is inoperable, totaled or repossessed, you may file an Incident Report to coordinate the removal. Please be sure to include the P-249 form, if it is available.

Delaware

We recommend you verify your device removal eligibility date with the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 302-744-2509. For revoked licenses, call 302-744-2507.

You or your monitoring authority can email the removal authorization to Removals@smartstartinc.com or fax it to 972-929-6638. Make sure to include your full name, date of birth and driver’s license number.  Please allow 1 business day for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of the removal eligibility date or steps to follow.

Florida

If your Ignition Interlock was required through:

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You may email us at Removals@smartstartinc.com. Include your full name, date of birth and your driver’s license number. Allow two business days for processing. A Customer Care Specialist will notify you of your removal eligibility date or next steps.

Pre-Trial Diversion Requirement
Smart Start will remove our device at your request. However, if you remove your device early, your Diversion requirements or driving privileges may be suspended or canceled. In addition, any fees paid will be non-refundable. We recommend you contact your Pre-Trial counselor to obtain removal authorization.

Georgia

You will need a “final download” of your Ignition Interlock in Georgia.  Your Smart Start service technician will be able to assist!

When you take your device to your last service appointment, the technician will complete the monitoring report form provided by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).  Our technician will fill out the information, sign it in blue ink and stamp it. You can then take the signed form to the DDS office for your license reinstatement.

If DDS approves the form, you will receive a DDS Authorization to Remove Form signed by the DDS. Once obtained, please contact your local Smart Start service center to schedule a removal appointment. Make sure to bring the form signed by DDS with you to the appointment.

Ignition Interlock Removal Series

Part 1: A general Ignition Interlock removal guide.

Part 2: The proper removal process for your Interlock program broken down by state: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia

Part 3: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland

Part 4: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey

Part 5: New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina

Part 6: South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Need to install an Ignition Interlock? We can provide you a quote and set up an installation appointment. Call our Customer Care Center today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our quick and simple online form.

GEORGIA: New Interlock Device Permit for DUI Offenders

Effective July 1st, DUI offenders in Georgia may have the option to obtain a new type of limited driving permit with an Interlock Device.

What Does the Interlock Device Permit Mean?

The Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Limited Permit allows individuals to waive their right to an administrative hearing and opt for an Interlock Device in their vehicle.

This permit only applies to individuals whose driver’s license is subject to an administrative license suspension (ALS), and if the permit is granted to the person by the state.

The required period of an Interlock Device is determined by DSS, but is typically four months if the individual consents to the state-administered chemical test requested by the arresting officer. If “acquitted of the DUI charge, or the underlying DUI charge is dismissed or reduced, the IID may be removed at no cost, and the driver’s license may be replaced.”

Additionally, if someone refuses the chemical test, the Interlock period can be a year.

An ALS cannot apply to individuals whose motor vehicle crash involved fatalities and/or serious injury. Persons whose Georgia license has any other suspensions, cancellations or revocations cannot apply. More conditions that must be met can be found on DSS’ website.

Current Interlock Law in Georgia

Currently, repeat offenders are required to use an Interlock Device, although each case is at the state’s discretion. The new Interlock permit will require an offender who refused a BAC test or was convicted of a DUI at .15 or above to use an Interlock.

MADD, along with other organizations, recommend states enact all-offender laws for Interlocks.  Recently, Nevada and Oklahoma joined more than half of the U.S. by passing an all-offender Interlock bill. This brings the total number to 30 states, plus the District of Columbia, with an all-offender law.

For more information on Georgia’s Interlock Device law, necessary forms and frequently asked questions, visit Smart Start’s website.

For more information on the new Georgia bill: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/205.

Need an Interlock Device in Georgia, or elsewhere in the U.S.? Our team can provide you a quote and set up an installation appointment at your nearest Smart Start service center. Call Smart Start’s customer care center today at 800-831-3299 or fill out our quick and easy online form.

Nevada Becomes the 30th State to Enact All-Offender Interlock Device Law

It’s official. Nevada recently joined ranks with 29 other states and DC to enact an all-offender Interlock Device law.

All-Offender Interlock Device Laws

All-offender states are proven to have a higher reduction in drunk driving fatalities by 15 percent, in comparison to states with less strict Interlock requirements.

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, Nevada will have stricter requirements for first-time and repeat offenders to use an Interlock Device.

Nevada’s Interlock Law

The new law will require an individual with a breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) of .08 or above to use an Interlock Device for 90 days following their arrest. After conviction, the judge can order an Interlock for at least six months.

Right now, Nevada only requires first-time offenders with a BrAC level of .18 or above to use an Interlock Device for at least a year. Judges have the option to order an Interlock for first-time offenders with a BrAC level between .08 and .17. Their period with the Interlock, however, is between three to six months.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) applauds Nevada’s decision, and says Interlock Devices are the safest tools to end drunken driving. Interlock Devices are also effective nationwide in reducing repeat offenders, as well as being compared in studies as having similar success in safety as airbag laws.

According to MADD, an Interlock has stopped a drunk driving start, at .08 or above, 6,099 times from July 2005 to December 2015 in Nevada. This number is expected to rise once the all-offender law takes effect.

Nevada follows Oklahoma as the second state within a month to sign an all-offender law.

Additional source:
http://news3lv.com/news/local/ignition-interlock-devices-for-first-time-dui-offenders-could-be-coming-to-nevada

Do you need an Interlock Device? Smart Start is a nationwide Interlock provider with affordable pricing, reliable devices and 24/7/365 customer service. We can create an appointment at your nearest Smart Start service center and provide a quote. Call today at 800-831-3299 or fill out our online form.

 

Texas Signs into Law ‘Second Chances’ Bill for First-Time DWI Offenders

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 3016, which is being considered as a ‘Second Chances’ bill that will create safer roadways. The law will go into effect September 1, 2017.

HB 3016 allows first-time DWI offenders the option to apply for a non-disclosure. If it is approved by the court, the individual will not have to disclose that they received a DWI if they are applying for a job, or signing for an apartment. It will allow the individual’s record to be sealed from public view and public data search engines.

What the ‘Second Chances’ Bill Means

The ‘Second Chances’ bill will allow the offender to either:

  • Wait five years after completing probation and/or confinement to submit for non-disclosure, or
  • Install an Interlock Device for six months.

If the offender does opt for an Interlock, after six months with the Device, and after completing other court requirements, he or she can petition the court for a nondisclosure of their offense.

Do All First-Time DWI Offenders Apply?

Not all first-time DWI offenders in Texas can take advantage of this opportunity.

The bill is only applicable to first-time offenders for certain factors. Their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) had to be between .08, the nationwide legal limit, and .14. First-time offenders who caused injury, death or property damage cannot apply. Individuals also cannot apply if they have not paid their applicable fees.

The ‘Second Chances’ bill gives first-time offenders the opportunity to continue with their everyday lives with an Interlock Device. Interlocks lessen the risk of them becoming repeat offenders as well. 

In Texas, from September to December 2015, Interlock Devices stopped a drunk driving start 18,594 times with a BAC of .08 or greater.

According to a Penn study, states with mandatory Interlock laws saw a .8 percent decrease in deaths for every 100,000 people each year. In comparison, the study shows for mandatory airbag laws a .9 decrease per 100,000 people, respectively.

Smart Start is a nationwide provider of Interlock Devices, and has more than 100 service centers throughout Texas. Need an Interlock Device? Call our 24/7/365 customer care center at 800-831-3299 or fill out our quick and simple online form.

SERIES: How Do I Remove My Interlock Device?

It’s almost the end of your court or state order, which means it’s nearly time to remove your Interlock Device. Congratulations on completing your program!

In the first blog of this series, we will show you a general overview for the process in removing your Interlock Device. In the remaining parts of this series, we break down the removal process state-by-state.

If you have completed your program, you need to go through a couple of steps first before visiting your Smart Start service center to remove the device.

Each state is different with removal regulations on your Interlock. Check with your monitoring authority first about proper procedures and/or paperwork.

Updated: January 2018

Removal Paperwork

Make sure you receive the proper Interlock Device removal paperwork through the mail from your court or DMV/state. Some states, however, may not send you any formal paperwork. In any case, you should confirm with your monitoring authority regarding when you can remove your Interlock Device.

Smart Start’s Customer Care Center

Now you need to simply send an email to our team at removals@smartstartinc.com. Make sure to include your full name, your driver’s license number, date of birth and any removal documents.

Please keep in mind that all fees are due at the time of your device removal appointment.

Additional Ignition Interlock Removal Process Tips

  • If your vehicle was repossessed or totaled, you can reach out to our Customer Care Center at (800) 831-3299 to expedite this process and we can assist you quickly.
  • Keep in mind that your lease end date with your Interlock Device vendor does not mean that is the date you can remove your Interlock!
  • It is never a good idea to attempt removing the Interlock Device yourself! This will leave you a lot of headache, and on a more serious note, this could mean additional charges against you.
  • Some videos and articles online say the Ignition Interlock vendor and monitoring authority won’t find out if you do remove your device. This is a myth! Your Interlock reports will easily show what is going on to your vendor and monitoring authority.

Smart Start highly recommends complying with your court or state orders to successfully and easily complete your program.

Ignition Interlock Removal Series

Part 1: A general Ignition Interlock removal guide.

Part 2: The proper removal process for your Interlock program broken down by state: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida and Georgia

Part 3: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine and Maryland

Part 4: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey

Part 5: New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Carolina

Part 6: South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Do you still need an Interlock Device? Feel free to call us today at (800) 831-3299 or fill out our online form to receive a quote.