Bill Summary for H 402 (2021-2022)

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Apr 14 2021

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House Bill 402 (Public) Filed Wednesday, March 24, 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; AND TO REQUIRE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY TO STUDY WHETHER TO EXPAND THE USE OF IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEMS.
Intro. by Faircloth, Stevens, Clampitt, Greene.

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House 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. 

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