IGNITION INTERLOCK/VARIOUS CHANGES. (NEW)

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Senate Bill 183 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 4, 2021
AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE MANDATORY WAITING PERIODS FOR DRIVERS LICENSE RESTORATION OR LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT HAS A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO REQUIRE FOR THE RESTORATION OF LICENSES AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED CONVICTIONS, OR THE ISSUANCE OF LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES, AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM BE INSTALLED ON ONLY THE MOTOR VEHICLES THE PERSON WILL DRIVE; TO ELIMINATE THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE PURPOSES FOR DRIVING AND THE HOURS DURING WHICH A PERSON MAY OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO ALLOW THE WAIVER OR REDUCTION OF COSTS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS REQUIRED TO INSTALL AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM; TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION LEVEL FOR THE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO THE IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM PRE-SET FAIL LEVEL; TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY TO STUDY WHETHER TO EXPAND THE USE OF IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEMS; TO MAKE TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES RELATED TO S.L. 2021-138; AND TO CHANGE "SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT" TO "SHERIFF'S OFFICE" IN VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE GENERAL STATUTES.
Intro. by Britt, Sawyer, Daniel.

Status: Ch. SL 2021-182 (Nov 18 2021)

SOG comments (3):

Identical bill

Identical to H 402, filed 3/24/21.

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original title was AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE MANDATORY WAITING PERIODS FOR DRIVERS LICENSE RESTORATION OR LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT HAS A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO REQUIRE FOR THE RESTORATION OF LICENSES AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED CONVICTIONS, OR THE ISSUANCE OF LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES, AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM BE INSTALLED ON ONLY THE MOTOR VEHICLES THE PERSON WILL DRIVE; TO ELIMINATE THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE PURPOSES FOR DRIVING AND THE HOURS DURING WHICH A PERSON MAY OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO ALLOW THE WAIVER OR REDUCTION OF COSTS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS REQUIRED TO INSTALL AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM; TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION LEVEL FOR THE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO THE IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM PRE-SET FAIL LEVEL; AND TO REQUIRE THE COURTS COMMISSION TO STUDY WHETHER TO EXPAND THE USE OF IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEMS.

Long title change

Conference report to the 4th edition changed the long title. Previous long title was AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE MANDATORY WAITING PERIODS FOR DRIVERS LICENSE RESTORATION OR LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT HAS A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO REQUIRE FOR THE RESTORATION OF LICENSES AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED CONVICTIONS, OR THE ISSUANCE OF LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES, AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM BE INSTALLED ON ONLY THE MOTOR VEHICLES THE PERSON WILL DRIVE; TO ELIMINATE THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE PURPOSES FOR DRIVING AND THE HOURS DURING WHICH A PERSON MAY OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO ALLOW THE WAIVER OR REDUCTION OF COSTS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS REQUIRED TO INSTALL AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM; TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION LEVEL FOR THE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO THE IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM PRE-SET FAIL LEVEL; AND TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY TO STUDY WHETHER TO EXPAND THE USE OF IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEMS.

Bill History:

S 183/S.L. 2021-182

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Nov 22 2021 - More information

    AN ACT TO ELIMINATE THE MANDATORY WAITING PERIODS FOR DRIVERS LICENSE RESTORATION OR LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT HAS A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO REQUIRE FOR THE RESTORATION OF LICENSES AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED CONVICTIONS, OR THE ISSUANCE OF LIMITED DRIVING PRIVILEGES, AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM BE INSTALLED ON ONLY THE MOTOR VEHICLES THE PERSON WILL DRIVE; TO ELIMINATE THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE PURPOSES FOR DRIVING AND THE HOURS DURING WHICH A PERSON MAY OPERATE A MOTOR VEHICLE IF THE PERSON IS OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WITH A FUNCTIONING IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM INSTALLED ON IT; TO ALLOW THE WAIVER OR REDUCTION OF COSTS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS REQUIRED TO INSTALL AN IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM; TO REVISE THE MAXIMUM BLOOD ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION LEVEL FOR THE OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO THE IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEM PRE-SET FAIL LEVEL; TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY TO STUDY WHETHER TO EXPAND THE USE OF IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEMS; TO MAKE TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING CHANGES RELATED TO S.L. 2021-138; AND TO CHANGE "SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT" TO "SHERIFF'S OFFICE" IN VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE GENERAL STATUTES. SL 2021-182. Enacted Nov. 18, 2021. Effective Nov. 18, 2021, except as otherwise provided.


  • Summary date: Nov 2 2021 - More information

    Conference report makes the following changes to the 4th edition. 

    Makes organizational changes, placing the previous content of the act into Part I., with the following modifications.

    Makes a technical change to the repeal of subsection (c1) of GS 20-179.3, regarding privilege restrictions for high-risk drivers, and changes the effective date of that repeal to December 1, 2021 (was, June 1, 2022).

    Makes a clarifying change to GS 20-17.8(j), regarding the right to a hearing before the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) prior to revocation of a license for a period of one year following a violation of a restriction under the statute. 

    Further amends GS 20-19(c5), now providing that a mandatory revocation under GS 20-16.2(c1) for refusal to submit to chemical analyses is effective on the 30th rather than the 10th calendar day after the DMV mails the revocation order to the person, following the DMV's receipt of a properly executed affidavit required by law. Makes further technical changes and makes language gender-neutral. 

    Makes technical and conforming changes to the effective date provisions. 

    Part II. adds the following new content. 

    Makes the following changes to GS Chapter 14, as amended by SL 2021-138.

    Amends GS 14-208.40 to revise the three categories of offenders for which the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety (Division) is required to establish and create guidelines for a sex offender monitoring program (program). Revises the criteria for the three categories of offenders described to require that the offender require the highest possible level of supervision, as determined by a court (previously, required that, based on the Division's risk assessment program, the offender require the highest possible level of supervision). 

    Amends GS 14-208.40A, regarding risk assessments required to be completed and reported to the court by the Division for certain offenders, to allow the Division to use a risk assessment of the offender done within six months of the date of the hearing for a determination of a monitoring requirement for the offender. Now allows the court to determine whether the offender requires the highest possible level of supervision and monitoring based on all relevant evidence, rather than the Division's risk assessment only. 

    Amends GS 14-208.40B, regarding the determination of monitoring requirements in certain circumstances, to repeal repetitive language that mirrors the parameters set forth in GS 14-208.40A, as the statute states that the court must follow the procedures of GS 14-208.40A, as amended, in conducting a hearing under the statute and making its findings. 

    Amends GS 14-208.43, now allowing for any offender ordered on or after December 31, 2021, to enroll in monitoring to petition for termination or modification of the monitoring requirements five years after initial enrollment (previously, limited to offenders who meet one of two descriptions set forth in GS 14-208.40(a)(1) or (a)(3), explicitly barring offenders described in GS 14-208.40(a)(2), with no regard to when the offender was ordered to enroll, so long as the waiting period was satisfied). Concerning the court's authority to grant the petition, order continued enrollment, or order termination of the requirement, now refers to the time period initially ordered (rather than referring to a time period of up to 10 years). Makes conforming changes. Effective December 1, 2021, and applies to any individual ordered to enroll in satellite-based monitoring on or after that date.

    Amends GS 14-208.46, as enacted by SL 2021-138, regarding petitions for termination or modification of monitoring requirements for offenders enrolled for life. Now allows any offender ordered prior to December 1, 2021, to enroll for a period longer than 10 years to file a petition (replacing the "life" terminology), no longer specifying that the petition may be filed after five years of initial enrollment. Maintains that the court has no authority to terminate monitoring requirements for an offender prior to 10 years of enrollment. Effective December 1, 2021, and applies to any individual ordered to enroll in satellite-based monitoring prior to that date.

    Amends GS 15A-1343, GS 15A-1343.2, GS 15A-1368.4, and GS 15A-1374, regarding monitoring as a condition of probation, to limit such a condition to the offender requiring the highest possible level of supervision and monitoring based on a court's determination, rather than the Division's risk assessment program.

    Makes technical changes to the effective date provisions of SL 2021-138, set forth in Section 18(p). Makes subsection (h) of Section 18, which amends GS 14-208.43, apply to any individual ordered to enroll in monitoring on or after December 1, 2021 (was, applicable to monitoring determinations made on or after that date). Makes subsection (i) of Section 18, which enacts GS 14-208.46, apply to any individuals ordered to enroll in monitoring pursuant to a court order issued prior to December 1, 2021 (was, applicable to individuals required to enroll in monitoring for life on or after that date). 

    Amends GS 14-27.23 and GS 14-27.28, regarding convictions for statutory rape or statutory sexual offense, to make the individual subject to enrollment in satellite-based monitoring as provided in Part 5 of Article 27A of the Chapter, as amended (previously, required the person to be enrolled for life pursuant to Part 5 of Article 27A). 

    Makes the above provisions effective December 1, 2021, and applies to satellite-based monitoring determinations on or after that date. 

    Amends GS 15A-601, which requires a first appearance before a district court judge to be held within 72 hours after the defendant is taken into custody or at the first regular session of the district court in the county, whichever occurs first. Adds an exception for instances in which the courthouse is closed for transactions for a period longer than 72 hours to allow for the first appearance to be held within 96 hours after the defendant is taken into custody or at the first regular session of the district court in the county, whichever occurs first. Makes conforming changes regarding the clerk of superior court's authority to conduct a first appearance. Makes conforming changes to GS 15A-534(d2) regarding required findings by a judicial official to retain a defendant in custody. Effective December 1, 2021, and applies to criminal processes served on or after that date. 

    Part III. adds the following new content.

    Amends the following statutes to replace the term "sheriff's department" with "sheriff's office:" GS 7B-500, GS 17C-2, GS 17E-4.1 (makes further technical changes), GS 17E-7, GS 18B-501, GS 58-32-1, GS 68-20, GS 90-95.2, GS 132-1.4, and GS 143B-216.34.

    Changes the act's titles. 


  • Summary date: Sep 29 2021 - More information

    House amendment makes the following changes to the 3rd edition.

    Extends the date by which the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) must develop the form required under GS 20-179.5(c) to be used by a person applying for a waiver of a portion of the costs of an ignition interlock system to state the person's income and enrollment in specified public assistance programs, as enacted, to June 1, 2022 (was, December 1, 2021). 

    Changes the effective date of the statutory changes to GS Chapter 20 and the companion directive to the DMV to adopt temporary implementing rules from December 1, 2021, to June 1, 2022. 


  • Summary date: Jun 22 2021 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.

    Further amends GS 20-179.3, amending the requirements and restriction set forth in subsection (g5) that a court must include in a limited driving privilege order for a person whose driver's license is revoked for an impaired driving conviction under GS 20-138.1. Now requires the court to order the designated motor vehicle equipped with a functioning ignition interlock system be set to prohibit driving with an alcohol concentration of greater than 0.02 (was 0.00). 

    Further amends GS 20-19(c3), which places additional restrictions on drivers licenses which are restored following revocation pursuant to the following statutes, as applicable: GS 20-13.2(a) (revocation of a provisional license following a conviction for driving while impaired under 21); GS 20-23 (revocation following out-of-State impaired driving convictions); GS 20-23.2 (revocation following federal impaired driving convictions); GS 20-17(a)(2) (revocation for impaired driving under GS 20-138.1 or impaired driving in a commercial vehicle under GS 20-128.2 if the alcohol concentration was .06 or higher); GS 20-17(a)(1) or (9) (revocation for manslaughter, felony or misdemeanor death by vehicle, or serious injury by vehicle, when the offense involved impaired driving); GS 20-138.5(d) (permanent revocation for habitual impaired driving); or subsection (c3). Adds a new additional restriction of a license restored after certain impaired driving convictions pursuant to GS 20-17.8 requiring an ignition interlock system that the person not operate a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or more at any relevant time after the driving during the period that the ignition interlock is required. 

    Revises proposed GS 20-179.5 to explicitly place the cost of installation and monitoring of an ignition interlock system required by a court or the Division of Motor Vehicles (Division) pursuant to the Chapter (was Article 3) on the person ordered to install the system, collected by agreed terms with the vendor. 

    Makes clarifying changes to the act's effective date provision. 


  • Summary date: Apr 14 2021 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Makes a correction to the act's long title.

    Further amends GS 20-17.8, which now requires designation of any registered vehicles owned by a person whose license has been restored following certain driving while impaired convictions, or vehicles which the person operates or intends to operate, and to have such designated vehicles equipped with a functioning ignition interlock system approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Now authorizes the Commissioner to cancel the drivers license of subject persons for operation of a vehicle that is not designated and equipped with a functioning ignition interlock system (previously, limited to operating vehicles not designated). 

    Makes a technical correction to proposed GS 20-179.5, which provides for the affordability of court-ordered or statutorily-required ignition interlock systems. 


  • Summary date: Mar 4 2021 - More information

    Makes the following changes to GS 20-179.3 regarding limited driving privileges. Eliminates subsection (c1), which set three additional restrictions for limited driving privileges issued to persons convicted of an impaired driving offense with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more at the time of the offense, including delaying the effectiveness of the limited driving privilege until 45 days after the final conviction. Amends subsections (g3) and (g5), which permit or mandate a judge to include specified conditions in a limited driving privilege order based on whether the person's license is revoked for an impaired driving conviction where the person had an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more, which include restricting the applicant to one designated motor vehicle, installing functioning ignition interlock system that prohibits driving with an alcohol concentration greater than 0.00, and requiring the applicant to personally activate the system before driving. Adds provisions to both subsections (g3) and (g5) to specify that when limited driving privilege orders include restrictions set out in those subsections, the other limitations of the statute set out in subsections (a) (which restricts the privilege to driving for seven specified "essential" purposes only), (f), (g), (g1), and (g2) (which each provide further operational hour and purpose restrictions for the privilege) do not apply when the person is operating the designated motor vehicle with a functioning ignition interlock system. Makes clarifying and technical changes. 

    Amends GS 20-17.8, which provides procedures and restrictions for restoring a license revoked following a conviction for driving while impaired when the person had an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more, the person had been convicted of another offense involving impaired driving within the preceding seven years, or the person was sentenced under the aggravated level one punishment provisions of GS 20-179(f3). Amends the restoration requirements for applicable licenses to require the person to agree to and indicate on their drivers license that the person cannot drive with an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater, rather than setting different alcohol concentration restrictions based on circumstances of the conviction. Now requires a person subject to these restoration requirements to designate any registered vehicles owned by that person that the person operates or intends to operate and have the designated vehicles equipped with a functioning ignition interlock system approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles (Commissioner; current law requires all registered vehicles owned by the person to be equipped with a functioning system). Requires proof of installation in at least one of the person's designated vehicles prior to license issuance. Eliminates the provisions which allow a person to seek an installation waiver for the person's registered vehicles that are used by other family members and not in the person's possession. Now authorizes the Commissioner to cancel the drivers license of subject persons if they operate a vehicle that is not designated or remove the ignition interlock system from any designated vehicle, other than changing providers or upon sale of the vehicle. No longer authorizes cancellation of a license for registration of a vehicle owned by the person without an installed ignition interlock system. Makes conforming changes regarding revocation hearings for violations of the statute's restrictions. Makes clarifying and technical changes.

    Amends GS 20-19(c3), which places four additional restrictions on drivers licenses which are restored following revocation pursuant to the following statutes, as applicable: GS 20-13.2(a) (revocation of a provisional license following a conviction for driving while impaired under 21); GS 20-23 (revocation following out-of-state impaired driving convictions); GS 20-23.2 (revocation following federal impaired driving convictions); GS 20-17(a)(2) (revocation for impaired driving under GS 20-138.1 or impaired driving in a commercial vehicle under GS 20-128.2 if the alcohol concentration was .06 or higher); GS 20-17(a)(1) or (9) (revocation for manslaughter, felony or misdemeanor death by vehicle, or serious injury by vehicle, when the offense involved impaired driving); GS 20-138.5(d) (permanent revocation for habitual impaired driving); or subsection (c3). Adds a fifth additional restriction to require the person not operate a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of greater than 0.00 at any relevant time after the driving for licenses restored after revocation for conviction of impaired driving while less than 21 under GS 20-128.3 or revocation under GS 20-23 or GS 20-23.2 for out-of-state or federal impaired driving offenses which if committed in this State would result in a conviction under GS 20-128.3 (this requirement was previously included in GS 20-17.8(b)(3), but more broadly included revocations for driving while impaired in a commercial vehicle under GS 20-138.2, violations of 20-141.4, and under GS 20-17(a)(1)). Additionally, specifies that the person seeking restoration under subsection (c3) must agree to submit to a chemical analysis at the request of a law enforcement officer who has reasonable grounds to believe the person is operating a motor vehicle on a highway or public vehicular area while consuming alcohol or at any time while the person has remaining in the person's body any alcohol or controlled substance previously consumed (previously, if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe the person is operating in violation of the specified restrictions of (c3)). Further amends GS 20-19 by making clarifying and technical changes, and making language gender neutral.

    Enacts GS 20-179.5 to explicitly place the cost of installation and monitoring of an ignition interlock system required by a court or the Division of Motor Vehicles (Division) on the person ordered to install the system, collected by agreed terms with the vendor. Allows a person ordered by a court or required by statute to install an ignition interlock system to lawfully operate a motor vehicle and who cannot afford the cost to apply to an authorized vendor for a waiver of a portion of the costs. Details affidavit and supporting documentation requirements, including that either the person's income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty line or the person is enrolled in one of the five specified public assistance programs. For compliant waivers, requires that the applicant not be required to pay for the system's installation or removal, and receive a 50% discount on the monthly service rate charged. Provides for Division review of a vendor's determination regarding a waiver. Requires the Division to adopt rules to govern review.

    Requires the Division to adopt temporary implementing rules under GS 20-179.5, as enacted.

    Makes the above provisions effective December 1, 2021, and applicable to limited driving privileges issued on or after that date. 

    Requires the Division to develop the waiver form to be used under GS 20-179.5 by December 1, 2021.

    Directs the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety to study whether the use of an ignition interlock system as a condition of a limited driving privilege should be expanded to include additional convictions and whether the requirements should apply to limited driving privileges granted pretrial and granted to permit driving during the period of a revocation for refusal to submit to chemical testing. Further requires study of whether the Division rather than courts should be authorized to granted limited driving privileges and to supervise the use of ignition interlocks. Requires reporting findings and proposed legislation prior to the convening of the 2022 Regular Session.

    Provides a savings clause for prosecutions for offenses committed before the effective date of the act. 


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