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Ignition Interlock Permit Rules Change Jan. 1

December 21, 2015, 11:32 AM HST
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Drivers with an ignition interlock device on their vehicle will be able to reapply for their license prior to the completion of their revocation period, according to rule changes effective Jan. 1.

Under Act 40, an individual who has their license revoked for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant may apply for re-licensing 30 days before the end of the revocation period. The rules state that the licenses, however, cannot be issued until the end of the revocation period.

The new law requires all permit holders to have a valid State of Hawai’i identification card in their possession while they operate a vehicle with the device.

First-time offense violators could receive a punishment of three to 30 days in jail, a fine of $250 to $1,000, license revocation for an additional year, and loss of privileges to operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

Offenses within five years of a prior conviction could lead to up 30 days imprisonment, a $1,000 fine, license revocation for an additional two years, and loss of privileges to operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

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Those who have two or more prior convictions within five years face up to one year imprisonment, a fine of $2,000, permanent license revocation, and loss of privileges to operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

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