Since last summer, some changes have been underway, in an effort to improve the Ignition Interlock Device Program. Learn more about what those changes are, and how they may affect you.
What are the legislative changes?
The Ignition Interlock Device Program has long been monitored by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Until recently, the program only regulated the quality of the device. However, House Bill 2638, enacted on July 1, 2018, began the formation a more standardized and, hopefully safe, program. As of January 1, 2019, ODOT is now supervising the process that vendors use during installation, removal, as well as how they monitor data. In July of 2019, the Oregon State Police (OSP) will begin overseeing the program and will provide an electronic complaint form on its website for a person to submit grievances.
What are the changes for the IID providers?
A lot of larger, national IID providers contract with smaller, local companies for installations and calibrations. Providers now have to obtain a $100,000 bond to cover the cost of any necessary repairs in the event of damage caused by an installer. Also, a provider must obtain a special certificate from ODOT before opening a service center. Some of the requirements to get a certificate are 24-hour phone service and having multiple locations throughout the state. IID providers are also required to perform criminal background checks on all hired or contract technicians.
What does this mean for me?
As of January 1, 2019 many IID providers began the process of shutting down their business while they work on fulfilling the new state requirements. IID companies who are no longer state certified will be contacting their clients to explain that that ODOT and OSP are allowing people 90 days from March 18, 2019, to make the switch to a certified IID company. This 90 day window should allow a smooth transition for both the drivers and IID providers. If you are just beginning the IID installation process, make sure that you choose an approved vendor from the the interactive map provided by OSP.
If you have any questions about these changes or the IID process in general, call Reynolds Defense Firm at 503-223-3422, chat with us live 24/7, or contact us using the online form. Our team of attorneys specializes in Oregon DUI law and has extensive experience in dealing with the many court requirements associated with a DUI arrest.