Policy Position on Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/or Drugs

AAMVA supports the implementation of the following practices by member jurisdictions to enhance highway safety by combating incidents of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs: 
  • Utilization of the AAMVA Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide (2018) by jurisdiction members with administrative responsibility for their jurisdiction’s ignition interlock program. 
  • Support of 24/7 Programs to augment ignition interlock programs, or for use in lieu of ignition interlocks in areas more than 100 miles from the nearest certified ignition interlock service provider.
  • A management policy that establishes impaired driving offenses as a top priority for enforcement and administrative sanctions.
  • Utilization of crash data and analysis to determine impaired driving traffic crash patterns as defined by day, time, location and severity.
  • Deployment of law enforcement resources which make the most effective use of available resources by focusing on areas identified through crash data analysis.
  • Implementation of training programs which continuously improve skills in detecting and apprehending impaired drivers. The training should include Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) for all traffic law enforcement officers and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training for an adequate number of officers so a DRE is available to all other officers whenever needed.
  • Establishment of policies that streamline the processing of impaired drivers by simplifying and reducing paperwork to include development and implementation of electronic DUI forms and electronic search warrants for blood to expedite necessary evidence collection.
  • Encouragement of the use of pre-arrest breath test devices and oral swab testing to aid in the detection of both alcohol and drug impaired drivers.
  • Establishment of policies that support timely pursuit of a search warrant for blood (electronic when possible) whenever a suspected impaired driver refuses to voluntarily submit to a breath or blood test.
  • Adoption of “implied consent laws” that make it a per se violation for any driver under the age of 21 to have an alcohol concentration of .02 percent or greater.
  • Utilization of sobriety checkpoints which meet the requirements of law.
  • Passage of enabling sobriety checkpoint legislation in those jurisdictions where sobriety checkpoints are not allowed. 
 [Amended 2018]