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  • Now Available: AAMVA's Ignition Interlock Program Law Enforcement Training Video 

    IgnitionInterlockVideoThe Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide was released in September 2018 as a tool for law enforcement and motor vehicle administrators regarding ignition interlock program responsibilities. The newly released accompanying video provides supplemental training and tips for law enforcement officers who encounter ignition interlock equipped vehicles at roadside.  

    More than 10,000 people die every year in alcohol-related crashes in the U.S. and nearly 500 more in Canada. Data shows that ignition interlock devices prevented 350,000 alcohol-impaired driving attempts in 2016 and 2.3 million since 2006. Every jurisdiction has an ignition interlock law; however, there is no model program or national strategy that addresses every component of an ignition interlock program.   

    Through the work of AAMVA's Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Working Group, this best practice guide and video provide guidance for AAMVA member agencies that are legislatively charged with administering ignition interlock programs and to standardize program administration, terminology, and model enabling legislation.

    New Release of the Problem Driver Pointer System Master Specifications Manual

    Release 2.0.7 of the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) Master Specifications has been published. You may access this new release on the AAMVA Website under the Documentation tab. The new release fixes the omission of one data element and one code value from the data dictionary, which were pointed out by members of our valuable PDPS community. Besides mending the oversight, AAMVA took the opportunity to improve the look of the Data Dictionary (Appendix D), which we hope you will find more complete and appealing. In the same vein, former Appendix E – Person Name Formatting content – is now included in Appendix D as part of the Referenced Material section. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact the AAMVA Operations Department at 1-888-AAMVA80 option 1 or helpdesk@aamva.org.

    Utah to Begin Using AAMVA's State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service

    Utah will begin using AAMVA's State-to-State Verification Service (S2S) on Monday, January 28, 2019. Tasks related to on-boarding Utah will be conducted during the weekend of January 26, 2019. During this process (Saturday evening to Monday morning), there will be periods during which the CDLIS/S2S Central Site (Central Site) will be in inquiry-only mode or unavailable (over and above the regularly scheduled maintenance window of 2:00 AM ET to 5:00 AM ET on Sunday, January 27, 2019). AAMVA is taking all steps possible to minimize service interruptions and will be sending alerts notifying states of Central Site availability throughout the process. Read more here.

    Driver License Compact Executive Board Meets in Tampa, FL

    DLCEB_1.2019The Driver License Compact Executive Board met last week in Tampa, Florida to discuss the future of the Driver License, Non-Resident Violator Compacts and possible update of the Driver License Agreement. This group will be working closely with the State-to-State (S2S) Governance Committee to determine the feasibility of a new approach. Click here to find more information on current happenings related to the Compacts.

    AAMVA Attends Arizona Highway Patrol Commanders Summit

    AHP_CommandersSummitBrian Ursino, AAMVA Director of Law Enforcement, presented at the Arizona Highway Patrol Commanders Summit in Prescott on January 16. Lt. Colonel Wade Webb assembles his statewide commanders semi-annually, and asked Brian to educate his commanders on who AAMVA is, what we do, and why collaboration between law enforcement and motor vehicle administrations is so important. 

    RFQ Announcement: Demographic and Technological Trends Impacting the DMV of the Future

    The Transportation Research Board has entered into a partnership with AAMVA.
    With funding from AAMVA, TRB will be managing a project on how current
    technological and social trends are likely to evolve over time and how they will
    affect the future operation of Motor Vehicle Departments. Read more here.

    Members Needed for IDEC Executive Board from Region 2 and Region 3

    AAMVA is looking for one Region 2 and one Region 3 jurisdiction representative to serve on the International Driver Examiner Certification (IDEC) Executive Board. The IDEC Executive Board is directly responsible for maintaining and distributing new and revised IDEC materials to the AAMVA members. These include both commercial, non-commercial and motorcycle examiner testing materials. The IDEC Executive Board will meet face-to-face at least twice a year, as well as via conference call or webinar as the work load requires. Applicants need to come from an IDEC accredited jurisdiction and are required to attend and actively participate in all Executive Board meetings, assist in all Board activities, and be the liaison between the AAMVA member jurisdictions in your Region. Applicants should have or have had driver examination experience. If you are interested in applying for the IDEC Executive Board, please complete the application and return it to committees@aamva.org by January 31, 2019. If you have any questions about IDEC, please contact Denise Hanchulak, Program Director, Certification & Standards

    Law Enforcement Member Needed for Autonomous Vehicle Working Group

    AAMVA is seeking to fill a vacancy on the Autonomous Vehicle Working Group with a jurisdiction member with highway safety law enforcement expertise and knowledge of automated and autonomous vehicles. The purpose of the Working Group is to work with AAMVA jurisdictions, law enforcement, federal agencies and other stakeholders to gather, organize and share information with the AAMVA community related to the development, design, testing, use and regulation of autonomous vehicles and other emerging vehicle technologies. Based on the group's research, guidance to assist member jurisdiction in regulating autonomous vehicles will be updated. If you are interested in serving on this Working Group, please complete the volunteer application and submit to committees@aamva.org by January 25, 2019. If you have questions about the working group, please contact Cathie Curtis, Director, Vehicle Programs.

    Foreign Reciprocity Resource Guide (FRRG) Working Group Seeking Volunteer from Region 4

    The Foreign Reciprocity Resource Guide Working Group will identify obsolete or out-of-date sections of the Foreign Reciprocity Resource Guide and support the creation and distribution of a new and updated FRRG. The guide will assist in maintaining highway safety standards by providing a recommended process to allow jurisdictions to make informed decisions on recognition of foreign driving privileges.  

    AAMVA is seeing one jurisdiction member to serve on the Working Group from Region 4. If you are interested in serving on this Working Group, please complete the volunteer application and submit to committees@aamva.org.  If you have any questions regarding this working group, contact Kevin Lewis, Director, Driver Programs or Jessi Ross, Program Director, Driver License Compacts & Reciprocity.


    The following articles from AAMVA's Regional News for January 18, 2019 received the highest click-through rates:

    REAL ID Rollout Stalls for Some AAA Members (Rhode Island) 

    The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles is in the process of removing a roadblock some residents have encountered while trying to get a REAL ID at AAA...The issue? Middle names vs. middle initials. Read the article at wpri.com.


    Why These 16,000 People Oppose Driver Licenses for Immigrants Here Illegally (New Jersey)

    A petition against allowing immigrants in the country illegally to get driver licenses in New Jersey has collected more than 16,000 signatures in just five days. The online campaign was co-lead by Ocean County lawmakers, said state Sen. Chris Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove. The online campaign also has collected over a thousand comments, many of them passionate in opinion. Read the article at nj1015.com.


    Top 12 Ways People Could Prank a Fully Driverless Vehicle 

    People have been raging against the machine in Chandler, where Google-affiliate Waymo has been testing self-driving cars for the last couple of years. According to a popular New York Times article, which pilfered material from an Arizona Republic article by Ryan Randazzo, Chandler police have recorded more than 20 incidents in which people have thrown rocks at autonomous Waymo cars, punctured a tire, swerved toward them, and in one case even pointed a gun at one. But one thing all these Waymo cars had in common: They all had backup drivers behind the wheel, if not passengers. Read the article at phoenixnewtimes.com.


    Utah Teen Drove Blindfolded for 'Bird Box Challenge', Why You Should Not

    Here are some safety tips when driving a car: maintain a safe following distance, always use your turn signals, and oh, don't drive blindfolded. Two of these things are explicitly listed on the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) Driving Etiquette & Safety Tips website. The third is technically not listed alongside the 'things you should try to avoid while operating a vehicle' such as talking on hand-held devices, texting, eating, reaching for items, applying makeup, shaving, operating music devices. Keep in mind, though, that this list is far from exhaustive. After all, the list also does not include things such as cooking dinner, taking a nap, going to the bathroom, and playing the clarinet. Therefore, not driving while blindfolded is kind of implied. Read the article at forbes.com.\


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