RALEIGH - The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and ignition interlock provider Monitech Inc. yesterday reached a settlement agreement that dismisses lawsuits regarding the state certification of ignition interlock devices used by drivers who have been convicted of driving while impaired.
The division issued new procedures in February 2011 requiring any company interested in providing ignition interlock devices to meet testing requirements and new standards adopted by the division. Monitech filed a federal lawsuit Aug. 24, 2011 and a court action in Wake County Superior Court on Jan. 11, 2012.
The settlement agreement requires Monitech to submit its device for testing by April 16. The company then has until July 31 to pass the certification tests to continue to operate in North Carolina. If Monitech's device is certified, the company can continue to offer service in North Carolina. If the device is not certified by July 31, Monitech can continue to service its existing customers, but cannot install devices for new customers.
One other ignition interlock provider, Smart Start Inc., has been certified to begin operation in North Carolina on April 1.