New Zealand Law Society - Second phase of alcohol interlock pilot now launched

Second phase of alcohol interlock pilot now launched

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The second phase of the alcohol interlock pilot has now been launched nationally.

The first phase of the pilot funded 175 alcohol interlock devices which are connected to the start-up mechanism of a vehicle and immobilise it until the driver has successfully passed a breath alcohol test.

During phase two, the Department of Corrections will fund a further 240 alcohol interlock devices for eligible offenders serving community sentences for drink driving offences.

The launch of phase 2, on 24 July 2017, comes after a slight delay from the original plan of 3 July.

Corrections Minister Louise Upston says to be eligible to be part of the phase two pilot an offender must have a sentence of Intensive Supervision of over 12 months, have a previous conviction of driving while intoxicated and be motivated to adhere to the alcohol interlock requirements.

“The second phase of the pilot will include probation officers being more closely involved in monitoring offenders’ progress with their interlock licences and responding to any violations," she says.

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