MoDot to push harsher rules for DWI breath test devices

3 months 1 week 3 days ago Sunday, March 11 2018 Mar 11, 2018 Sunday, March 11, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT March 11, 2018 in News
By: Eva Cheng, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - Requiring DWI offenders in Missouri to do breath tests every time before they drive allows them to get back on the road after violations. But, in just a few months, some offenders might have to update their breath test devices

The Missouri Department of Transportation is proposing several rule changes to ensure the right person is taking the breath test and to add more accountability.

MoDoT is asking the manufacturers of the breath test devices to update their design to help enforce the new rules. If they don't make the changes, they could lose their state certifications. 

Offenders use a breath test device called Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, a small machine connected to the ignition, horn and headlights of a car. It analyzes a driver’s breath and prevents a car from starting if it detects trace amounts of alcohol.

Missouri law requires repeat offenders to install these devices before they can reinstate driving privileges, while first-timers can also opt into the program to get driver’s licenses back sooner, according to MoDot’s website.

Jackie Rogers, MoDot’s senior system management specialist, said the department is hoping to create a statewide standard for the device.

“We want to make sure that all the devices work the same and that they are pretty equal,” she said. “Technology advances, so do our rules. In our state, we have to advance those technologies as well.”

Currently, there are six manufacturers certified by the state to lease devices to offenders on a monthly basis, Rogers said. 

According to a MoDot statement, in order to continue receiving state approval, the manufacturers must make sure their products meet requirements including:

  • A standard calibration process, during which offenders visit local service centers every month to make sure devices are functioning properly  
  • A data storage system large enough to keep information for 37 days
  • For repeat offenders who are required to have cameras mounted on devices - “camera units” - the photo identification technology must be able to provide a wide angle view showing whether the person providing the breath test is the driver
  • “Near real time reporting” allowing data to be sent to manufacturers' servers every 12 hours and available on their websites for state officials to review anytime 

The statement says the rule change is a result of several state agencies having received complaints from offenders who claim they either did not have a violation - which would extend their use of the devices - or they claim the device isn’t functioning properly. 

The estimated annual cost for making the technological changes would be $18,810 to $28,340 for each of the manufacturers, the statement says.

Rogers said it’s up to the manufacturers to decide if the users would be the ones bearing the brunt of the cost.

“We are an open market. You kinda have to see what one manufacturer does - they’ll kind of watch one another,” she said.

She said the change would both assist state agencies when handling complaints and provide more reliable devices for offenders. 

“What we are trying to do is to make sure that we are staying up with the advancements and those technologies, so that we can make sure that the public is safe on the roadway, and that we are keeping impaired drivers from acting in a dangerous manner by getting behind the wheel when they are drinking,” she said.

Rogers said most of the proposed rules would go into effect August 14, 2018, while manufacturers who need to catch up on the “near real time reporting” technology would have until next January to do so. 

Rogers said the department will publish the proposed changes in the Missouri Register on April 16, and the public would have 30 days since then to voice opposition.

According to the statement, complaints could be sent to Pamela Harlan at Pamela.Harlan@modot.mo.gov.  

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Although "Shwe Market International Foods" mainly sells Asian products and "Chihuahua Mexican Market" Hispanic products, both stores have... More >>
54 minutes ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:34:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU has appointed Latha Ramchand as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. She was dean... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:01:00 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a man and woman Wednesday after a reported robbery with a gun earlier in the week.... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:00:35 PM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
PINEVILLE (AP) — A husband and wife from southwestern Missouri have been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for cashing... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:22:42 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Fashion designer Kate Spade will be buried Thursday in Kansas City, where she was born.... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:36:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The black bear population in Missouri is growing, and with the growth comes an increased chance for a... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:19:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU received a one million dollar grant as part of an inclusive initiative from the Howard Hughes Medical... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:18:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
NEW YORK - All Mizzou fan's eyes are on the NBA draft, which begins Thursday night, and who will pick... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Last week, a giant dust storm on Mars took up about a quarter of the Red Planet. Now,... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 4:26:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Amid overall lower enrollment numbers, the UM Board of Curators will vote on the FY 2019 budget at... More >>
14 hours ago Thursday, June 21 2018 Jun 21, 2018 Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:28:00 AM CDT June 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After an armed robbery at Deco to Retro and Vintage Clothing on the Business Loop June 15,... More >>
18 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:52:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force seized 14 pounds of marijuana, four... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:40:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department could see some major changes in authority if a recommendation... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:16:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An attorney suing former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his staffers says recently uncovered texts show... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 5:34:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A study conducted by an MU professor shows sensitive medical information could be put in the wrong hands without... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU hosted a summit on Wednesday to discuss ideas about a new research building with the other UM... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:17:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
ELDON - Police in Eldon arrested a suspect Wednesday for an assault at a barber shop. Officers responded to... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:46:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Authorities said they were looking for a man near Vandiver Drive who was considered armed and dangerous. ... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 66°
4pm 77°
5pm 75°
6pm 71°
7pm 71°