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1 Sergeant Ken Denton Washington State Patrol - Impaired Driving Section 1

2 How many ignition interlocks are installed in vehicles across the United States? Over 300,000 How many ignition interlock devices are installed in vehicles in Washington? Over 18,000 How many multi-time DUI offenders in WA State have an ignition interlock requirement, but no interlock installation record on file? Over 22,000/ DWLS 2

3 Administrative ( Implied Consent) Subject may choose to apply for II License in lieu of suspension Criminal ( ) conviction of DUI crime/s or reduction of DUI 3

4 Convicted of or , DUI or Physical Control or other equivalent local or out of state ordinance Convicted of * (3)(a)(b) Reckless Driving * must have had a prior conviction of offense defined within within last seven years Convicted of * (4) Neg Driving 1 st Degree *must have had prior conviction of offense defined within within last seven years 4

5 5 If status is DWLS/R, that trumps everything! Even if subject has device installed, they do not have a valid license.

6 6 Subject should have regular, plastic license and device installed in any vehicle they are driving.

7 7 This is an Ignition Interlock License. They should have a sheet of paper for their license. Subject should be driving a car with a device.

8 8 Subject does not have a valid license – even if they have a device installed! Subject has not correctly submitted something; such as proof of insurance.

9 Drivers may have a device in their car, but no restriction shows on their DOL record This may be for a variety of reasons Vehicle is shared with another driver who has a restriction Company vehicle – some companies install them voluntarily Installed prior to obtaining an Ignition Interlock License Subject is an ignition interlock employee Family requests – teenagers, recovering alcoholics, etc. 9

10 (3)(b)(i) Except as provided in (b)(ii) of this subsection, the installation of an ignition interlock device is not necessary on vehicles owned, leased, or rented by a person's employer and on those vehicles whose care and/or maintenance is the temporary responsibility of the employer, and driven at the direction of a person's employer as a requirement of employment during working hours. The person must provide the department with a declaration pursuant to RCW 9A from his or her employer stating that the person's employment requires the person to operate a vehicle owned by the employer or other persons during working hours.9A

11 Abuse of exemption: Contact Ignition Interlock Program to assist in investigation. Self-employed subject or business owner may be able to use this exemption in their own companys vehicles. These exemptions are often abused and can be difficult to prove. Ask good questions: Where are you going? Wrong answer: Out to dinner with the family Where are you coming from? Wrong answer: Anywhere but work related business What business were you conducting? Wrong answer: Took my clients out to get drunk 11

12 12 If youre driving down the road and see someone drinking from a giant cup with a large straw they probably have an interlock OR will need to make frequent stops at every rest area!

13 Garden hoses Air compressors Hard-sided coffee cups retro-fitted with two straws (inlet and outlet) Mattress or raft inflators Charcoal filter Devices used to bail water out of boats, canoes, etc. Devices specifically sold to defeat IID Clean – basically a cylinder filled with charcoal 13

14 14 Tampering or Circumvention of the interlock by tampering, is a gross misdemeanor.

15 Take pictures Notify appropriate Ignition Interlock Program Trooper Use your interview skills Others involved Device origin Methodology of circumvention Reliability of circumvention method Gather evidence Garden hose, mattress inflator, coffee cup, disconnected wiring, etc. 15

16 Have the subject turn the vehicle off for two minutes, then have the driver provide a sample into the interlock device. Ensure there are functioning lights or LED/LCD screens on the device Cord for the device should be secured under the dash near driver knee 16

17 Having someone other than intended driver provide sample. Problem with the RCW, Legislative action has been proposed. RCW Circumventing ignition interlock Penalty. (1) A person who is restricted to the use of a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device and who tampers with the device or directs, authorizes, or requests another to tamper with the device, in order to circumvent the device by modifying, detaching, disconnecting, or otherwise disabling it, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. This next slide is an actual case that occurred here in WA a few months ago. 17

18 18 Subject fails with sample of minutes later, random retest. Someone from off camera provides sample 2 minutes later passed test from off camera 20 minutes later child unable to provide good sample

19 RCW Circumventing ignition interlock Penalty. (2) A person who knowingly assists another person who is restricted to the use of a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device to circumvent the device or to start and operate that vehicle in violation of a court order is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. 19

20 Saturday, May 11, :26:53 PM Picture Requested - Test Started Saturday, May 11, :27:01 PM Initial Test-Pass Minutes after a failed sample the BAC is.00 Vehicle starts Problem: Can not prove where violation occurred, driver wont testify against them. Makes for great argument for use of GPS coordinates at time of test to be recorded in the data log. 20

21 Probation from the courts different all over the state. Ask questions! Probation violations may be the best method of using this information for accountability. Probation Officers: Work w/ Interlock Program and Interlock Providers to gather great monitoring information! 21

22 22 Some manufacturers will install a device on a motorcycle Photo capability is not required if installation is done on the motorcycle.

23 All devices record the following information Any efforts to disable the device Date / Time of vehicle use Pass / Fail records BrAC Levels Start and Stopping of vehicle engine Service reminders Date service performed Images taken at time of testing

24 If investigating hit and run collision and suspect vehicle R.O. has interlock required, a photo may be available of the person that was driving just prior to the collision. Last year, photos were used to identify suspect in drive by shooting. Obtain a search warrant Contact Interlock Program personnel for assistance. 24

25 Region 1: Trooper Pedro Zepeda --- Seattle Office (206) Region 2: Trooper Craig Sahlinger--- Olympia Office (360) Region 3: Trooper Dawn Blake--- Spokane Office (509) HQ: Sergeant Ken Denton & Office Assistant Dilcia Miller--- Seattle Office (206)

26 Please contact us at any time with questions 26 Sergeant Ken Denton (206) Trooper Pedro Zepeda (206) Trooper Craig Sahlinger (360) Trooper Dawn Blake (509)


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