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Manchester ordinance seeks to prevent ignition interlock abuse

By: Bonnie Krueger

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A new ordinance was passed at the Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting on Dec. 4 regarding the regulation of ignition interlock devices, which is a breathalyzer for personal vehicles.

Ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into the device before starting their cars and will not allow a vehicle to start if the driver is under the influence of alcohol. City Attorney Patrick Gunn explained at the Nov. 20 board meeting that the devices are used in conjunction with driving under the influence offenses when limited driving privileges or hardship driving privileges are granted, rather than when a person’s driver’s license is revoked.

According to city officials, use of the devices has increased; however, Gunn explained that the city had no provision in its Code of Ordinances for people who violate their “ignition interlock device order.”

The newly passed ordinance establishes those situations that constitute a violation agreement. Under the terms of the ordinance, provisions are detailed for those who tamper with the device or drive an unauthorized vehicle without the device in place. It also details stipulations if a person knowingly rents, leases, or lends a motor vehicle to a person required to use a certified ignition interlock device or solicits another person to blow into the device to start the vehicle with the intent to circumvent the restrictions as provided by the state of Missouri.

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