In an effort to provide rural Oregon residents with a more regulated and safe way of installing ignition interlock devices, lawmakers passed House Bill 2638. Providers of a statewide ignition interlock device oversight program in the State of Oregon will now have to post a $100,000 bond in accordance with the Oregon Department of Transportation recent temporary regulations. By submitting a $100,000 bond, ignition interlock installers ensure that, in the event of an injury or damage caused by an individual installing an ignition interlock device, the bond will cover the cost of any necessary repairs. The legislation provides consumers with more reputable locations for individuals to solicit for the installation of an ignition interlock device, as well as ensuring the job is being completed correctly. The temporary regulations are effective until March 22.
The new regulations establish that all ignition interlock devices are installed safely and in compliance with existing program requirements, as well as assist rural Oregon communities with additional regulated access to an ignition interlock device installation. The ignition interlock device is often court-mandated for individuals who have had one or more DUI arrests. Individuals are forced to blow into the device before starting their vehicle, and a breath alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater will result in the device preventing the vehicle from starting.
Service Center Inspections
In addition to posting a $100,000 bond under the Oregon Department of Transportation’s temporary regulations, all service centers providing ignition interlock device installation are subject to routine inspections. To continue offering these services, all service centers offering installations will need to provide the following documents at the time of inspection:
- Copy of business license providing proof of proper zoning for the type of business
- Written statement/letter from approved manufacturer representative authorizing the service center to conduct device services on their behalf
- Copy of all fees charged to customers
- Proof of liability insurance
- Operations insurance coverage with a minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence
- Application(s) for service center technicians working at the facility
Further information on service center inspections can be found with the Association of Ignition Interlock Program Administrators.
Exemptions from Ignition Interlock Device Installation
If a doctor verifies an individual has a medical condition preventing him or her from exerting 5 pounds of pressure by breathing through a device, the individual may be exempt from installing an ignition interlock device in the vehicle. If the individual is operating a work-owned vehicle, he or she may be exempt from installing the ignition interlock device on the company’s property. However, this individual will have to keep a DMV designated form signed by his or her employer in the vehicle at all times.
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