COLORADO: Smart Start Presents at the Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference (CCJC)

Conferences in the alcohol monitoring industry cover a range of topics applicable to those who attend. The Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference (CCJC) educates judicial audiences on hot topics such as DWI recidivism, and the tools needed to see success in clients court-ordered to alcohol monitoring programs.

 What is CCJC About?

CCJC promotes “collaborative and effective treatment responses” for individuals working toward sobriety. Topics presented will show “team-based approaches to offender treatment through the most up-to-date research, understanding effective collaborative efforts and broadening the understanding of individual agency roles within the criminal justice system.”

‘The Three-Legged Stool’

Tomorrow, Smart Start’s Jacquie Sheehey, Director of Marketing and S.M.A.R.T. Mobile Solutions, will be alongside APPA Fellow, Mark Stodola, and Arizona Drug Court Administrator, Susan Alameda, to discuss reducing DWI recidivism at CCJC.

Their presentation is called, ‘The Three-Legged Stool: Balancing Community Supervision, Treatment and Technology to Reduce DWI Recidivism.’

One portion of the presentation is effective technologies for clients, whether it is a continuous, random or portable type of monitoring. One size does not fit all, and the tools needed for effective alcohol monitoring is situation-based. Smart Start will also present on how matching technologies to the risk level and behavior of the client will lead to a more effective outcome.

Advanced Alcohol Monitoring Technology

As technology continues to change, portable devices become more frequent in use. They are being geared more toward a specific risk level of clients, whether high, medium, or low-risk. They can also provide immediate violation notifications.

Another piece of effective alcohol monitoring technology is the Ignition Interlock Device. Nationwide, states with mandatory Interlock laws saw a .8 decrease in deaths for every 100,000 people per year.

The presentation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Mariott DRC. The conference will start May 31 and end June 2.

OHIO: Annie’s Law Brings Big Changes with Interlock Devices

Ohio is going through big changes with its Interlock Device laws. The state’s new regulation, Annie’s Law, took effect on April 4 this year. Annie’s Law is named after Annie Rooney, a 36-year-old attorney from Chillicothe. She was killed by a repeat drunk driver in 2013.

What is Annie’s Law?

Annie’s Law requires first-time OVI offenders to install an Interlock Device into their vehicle. OVI is short for Operating a Vehicle while under the Influence, and has the same meaning as DUI or DWI.

The Interlock is an alternative to not being able to drive at all, but each case is at the judge’s discretion.

In addition, if a defendant requests an Interlock Device in court, their suspension period could change from one year to six months with unlimited driving privileges. This period will increase with stiffer penalties if a defendant tries to tamper, circumvent or cheat the Device.

Interlock Devices

An Interlock Device prevents someone from starting their vehicle if their BrAC level is below the state’s fail level. The legal limit nationwide is .08. A random rolling retest about 10 minutes into the drive will prompt the driver to perform another test to ensure the driver is not driving drunk.

News outlets in Ohio are describing Annie’s Law and Interlock Devices as creating “a physical barrier with the goal of stopping a first-time drunk driver from becoming a repeat offender.” An Interlock Device is the only type of technology that can physically stop someone from driving drunk in their vehicle.

Ohio joins more than half the country by enacting their all-offender Interlock Device law to reduce repeat drunken driving. 28 states have an all-offender law, including the District of Columbia.

Interlock Devices not only prevent repeat drunken driving, but also help people get back to their day-to-day schedule. Smart Start’s service centers are throughout the U.S., and can meet your Interlock Device needs. Call 800-831-3299 or fill out our online form to install an Interlock Device.