Sergeant Ken Denton Washington State Patrol - Impaired Driving Section. PROSECUTION OF INTERLOCK VIOLATIONS. IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICES. How many ignition interlocks are installed in vehicles across the United States? Over 300,000
Sergeant Ken Denton
Washington State Patrol - Impaired Driving Section
PROSECUTION OF INTERLOCK VIOLATIONS
If status is DWLS/R, that trumps everything!
Even if subject has device installed, they do not have a valid license.
Subject should have regular, plastic license and device installed in any vehicle they are driving.
This is an Ignition Interlock License.
They should have a sheet of paper for their license.
Subject should be driving a car with a device.
Subject does not have a valid license –
even if they have a device installed!
Subject has not correctly submitted something;
such as proof of insurance.
These exemptions are often abused and can be difficult to prove. Ask good questions:
If you’re driving down the road and see someone drinking from a giant cup with a large straw they probably have an interlock OR will need to make frequent stops at every rest area!
Tampering or Circumvention of the interlock by tampering, is a gross misdemeanor.
(1) A person who is restricted to the use of a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device and who tampers with the device or directs, authorizes, or requests another to tamper with the device, in order to circumvent the device by modifying, detaching, disconnecting, or otherwise disabling it, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
This next slide is an actual case that occurred here in WA a few months ago.
Subject fails with sample of .056
20 minutes later child unable to provide good sample
2 minutes later passed test from off camera
4 minutes later, random retest. Someone from off camera provides sample
3.5 Minutes after a failed sample the BAC is .00
Saturday, May 11, 2013 3:26:53 PM Picture Requested - Test Started
Saturday, May 11, 2013 3:27:01 PM Initial Test-Pass - 0.000
Problem: Can not prove where violation occurred, driver won’t testify against them. Makes for great argument for use of GPS coordinates at time of test to be recorded in the data log.
Region 1: Trooper Pedro Zepeda --- Seattle Office (206) 720-3018
Region 2: Trooper Craig Sahlinger--- Olympia Office (360) 870-1676
Region 3: Trooper Dawn Blake--- Spokane Office (509) 220-6665
HQ: Sergeant Ken Denton & Office Assistant Dilcia Miller--- Seattle Office (206) 720-3018