A new Michigan law for vehicle breathalyzers takes effect June 6 2016
Michigan passed a new law that effects ignition interlock devices for anyone who currently has one installed or will have one installed.
Under section Sec. 625k. of Senate Bill No. 176, all ignition interlocks used in Michigan must be capable of taking a picture of the person who provides a breath sample.
It will also be required to record the time and date of the sample provided.
This new law takes effect June 6, 2016
The June 6, 2016 deadline requires that all new units installed will need to meet these requirements.
It also means that anyone who currently has an older-style device that doesn’t take photos, will need to get a new one.
Failure to do so could result in a violation!
Sec. 525k of Senate Bill No. 176
The section of this new breathalyzer law requiring digital images states: “Ensure that a BAIID is capable of recording a digital image of the individual providing the sample, and record the time and date the sample was provided on or logically associated with the digital image.”
It also states, “BAIID presented to the department for certification may include additional technological features, including, but not limited to, the ability to remotely report information collected by the device.”
What this means for Michigan residents
Michigan residents who currently have a vehicle breathalyzer, or those will be required to get one, must install a new device which takes a photo of the person who is providing the breath sample.
The reason for the change is improved accuracy in reporting. It specifically prohibits another person from providing the breath sample to allow the vehicle to start. The improved devices are another way that technology is keeping drunk drivers off the road.
The additional cost of the more advanced ignition interlock devices is the responsibility of the driver. Drivers who are required to have one, and don’t, can face violations of their probationary driving period.
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