Hawaii Ignition Interlock Laws

Hawaii was one of the last states to enact any kind of Ignition Interlock Law for DWI offenders. A new bill was recently signed into law that will require DUI offenders to install the device starting on July 1, 2010. As more and more individuals are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated across the country, the numbers continue to climb in areas that are not traditionally known for their commuter traffic, like Hawaii and Alaska. Due to it’s low population, Hawaii has the highest percentage of alcohol-related fatalities in the United States and with better than 5,000 arrests for DWI offenses in 2008, Hawaii is hardly exempt from the problem of drunken driving, which made the passing of the new IID measure all the more logical.

The Ignition Interlock statute was introduced by representative Sharon Har of Hawaii, who was hit head-on by a drunk driver. The legislation was enacted as Act 171 and it provided the basic framework for an IID system in Hawaii. 2 years later, in 2009, the legislature passed HB981, which incorporated the recommendations of a special IID task force; that bill was enacted as Act 88. All of this allowed law SB2897 to be passed, signed into law, and go into effect on January 1, 2011.

The law states that for an individuals first DUI offense they will have their license revoked for one year and the privilege to operate a vehicle during the revocation period will be contingent upon installation of an IID.
For second offense within five years or first conviction if Highly Intoxicated: A two-year revocation of license and privilege to operate a vehicle during the revocation period and installation during the revocation period of an ignition interlock device on any vehicle operated by the person.
The IID program is not only designed to address the immediate issue of getting drunk drivers off Hawaii roads, but it will also assist the state in determining whether an individual has an alcohol abuse problem and should be forced into treatment. Recidivism is a major hurdle in the fight against DWI Law enforcement. Many drivers involved in fatal alcohol-impaired-driving crashes have been arrested previously for driving while intoxicated (DWI). In 2007, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol.

As more and more states enact new Ignition Interlock Device laws that are designed to not only punish those individuals who are arrested for DWI, but also to insure that repeat offenses do not occur, Smart Start will be at the forefront of the battle against DWI offenses, by offering top level, affordable IID services in all states. Our technicians are experts in the implementation of the newest technologies and part of our service offers new IID users a comprehensive lesson on the proper use and maintenance of the instrument.

Perhaps even more importantly, our technicians and staff are well versed in the newest laws and statutes regarding IIDs, so we can be a great source of information for clients. Navigating the complex minefield of laws, rules, and regulations following a DUI can be daunting. We deal with the rules, courts, and forms that are necessary for adhering to court ordered requirements on a daily basis and we can make sure that you are following all of your requirements, while making sure you do not run afoul of the law.

Smart Start of Hawaii is here to help you. Fill out our online appointment form for more information on how we can help get you back on the road, bringing you another step closer to putting your Driving While Intoxicated offense behind you. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to serve you and answer all of your questions. Call us at one of our Hawaii IID locations at 800-880-3394.

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