A bill that would allow DUI offenders the opportunity to drive company vehicles without using an interlock ignition device is moving through the Senate.
Senate Bill 474, sponsored by Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, was on the formal calendar for perfection Monday, but with recent slowdowns in the upper House, it was uncertain whether a vote would be taken.
The language of the bill states current law allows repeat DUI offenders required to have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her personal vehicle may apply for an exemption to allow them to operate a vehicle owned by their employer.
An Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a handheld breath-testing device that is connected to the vehicle’s ignition, horn, and headlights.
To start the vehicle, a driver must blow into the device without registering a blood alcohol concentration.
Some IID units are also equipped with a camera and GPS.
Although there are many different circumstances where an IID can be sentenced, the Missouri Department of Transportation explains individuals with more than one intoxication-related traffic offense on their driving record must have an ignition interlock installed prior to reinstatement of their driving privilege, or issuance of a limited driving privilege or restricted driving privilege.
The ignition interlock must be maintained during the duration of the limited or restricted driving privilege.
In addition to the driver licensing requirements, a court may impose other requirements.
The use of ignition interlock devices may be required for a first intoxication-related traffic offense and shall be required for a minimum of six months for any person with a second or subsequent intoxication-related traffic offense.
The variances will not be granted where the offender is self-employed or owns the business entity that owns the vehicle.
The bill was passed by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure and Public Safety, which Schatz chairs, April 13 and has been on the calendar since.
Any person granted the exemption will not be able to operate any employer-owned vehicle used for transportation of children under 18 or vulnerable persons.
They also will not be allowed to use the employer vehicle for any personal use.