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  • Newly Published! AAMVA's Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide 

    IgnitionInterlock_2018AAMVA's updated Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices Guide is now available on AAMVA.org. 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 newly-published best practice provides guidance for AAMVA member agencies that are legislatively charged with administering ignition interlock programs and to standardize program administration, terminology, and model enabling legislation. Read more here.

    AAMVA's Fact Sheet on Cars Damaged by Flood Waters Now Available

    AAMVA's fact sheet on flood-damaged vehicles is now available. As a result of the flooding associated with Hurricane Florence, it is estimated that a substantial number of vehicles will sustain severe water damage. Such water damage can make a vehicle's electrical system, including airbag sensors, prone to failure. Based on past experiences with flood-damaged vehicles associated with other hurricanes, it is very likely that many states will see flood-damaged vehicles enter their used vehicle markets for sale, titling, or registration. Read more here.

    Seeking Jurisdiction and Industry Members for Six New Working Groups

    AAMVA is seeking members for six new working groups:

    ·    Abandoned Vehicle & Mechanic Lien Fraud Prevention Working Group 
    ·    Auditing Third Party Agents Working Group
    ·    Facial Recognition Working Group
    ·    Foreign Reciprocity Resource Guide Working Group
    ·    Imported Vehicles Working Group
    ·    Managing Data Privacy and External Access Working Group

    Each Working Group has its own application (under Working Group Opportunities) that itemizes the qualifications and experience required. For jurisdiction members, applications must be signed by the Chief Administrator of the agency. For technical advisors, associate members will be given preference in the selection process. Incomplete applications will not be considered for appointment.

    AAMVA pays the travel expenses for all jurisdiction members to attend in-person meetings. Technical Advisors are expected to cover their own travel expenses. Members selected are expected to attend 2-3 in-person meetings per year, periodic conference calls as needed, and complete work assignments between meetings.

    Applications should be returned by email to committees@aamva.org by September 28, 2018. Read more here.

    AAMVA Attends VA DMV and DADSS Driven to Protect Event in Richmond

    DADSS_VA_SMAAMVA's Joe Peraino, Chief of Staff, attended an event in Richmond, with the Virginia DMV and Governor Northam for the DADSS Launch Event. DADSS and VA DMV are rolling out a pilot program to implement first-of-its-kind, in-vehicle alcohol detection sensors, which determine when a driver is impaired with a blood alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, and prevent the car from moving. This new technology promises to be fast, accurate, reliable and affordable, and will not affect normal driving behavior, as it analyzes the alcohol level present in a driver's naturally exhaled breath using infrared light. Read more here.

    This Week's Webinars

    NMVTIS State Web Interface (SWI) – How to Correct Title and Brand Data on the Central Site

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (ET) 

    In the past, states contacted the AAMVA Help Desk directly if they needed to make a data correction. As part of the NMVTIS reengineering effort, a Help Desk feature was created to allow states to correct their title and brand data on the central site. When states perform their own data corrections the timeliness and accuracy of the data corrections improves substantially. This webinar is focused on explaining the capability of the Help Desk feature as included in the SWI. Data correction scenarios are explained and matched to the correct update operation within the SWI. A brief overview of the SWI application will also be provided.

    Note:  This webinar is for AAMVA jurisdiction and federal members only.


    Using: CD90.7.7 Selective Driver History Record Validation and CD90.7.4 Out-of-State Convictions and Withdrawals Posting Reports (Federal Members)

    Thursday, September 20, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

    The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview on the new CD90.7.7 Selective DHR Validation Report and CD90.7.4 Out-of-State (OOS) Convictions & Withdrawals Posting Report to FMCSA. The webinar will also include information on additional training for reports as well as other resources at AAMVA.  

    Note: This webinar is for federal members only.


    Using: CD90.7.7 Selective Driver History Record (DHR) Validation & CD90.7.4 Out-of-State (OOS) Convictions and Withdrawals Posting Reports (Jurisdiction Members)

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

    The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview on the new CD90.7.7 Selective DHR Validation Report and CD90.7.4 Out-of-State (OOS) Convictions & Withdrawals Posting Report to Jurisdiction members. The webinar will also include information on additional training for reports as well as other resources at AAMVA. 

    Note: This webinar is for AAMVA jurisdiction members only.

    The following articles from Regional News - September 21, 2018 received the highest click-through rates:

    IKEA Designs Future Autonomous Cars That Work As Hotels, Stores, And Meeting Rooms

    Once cars can finally drive themselves, we'll have more time to enjoy the journey and do other, much more interesting stuff instead. At least that's the concept behind some of the designs below, developed by retail giant IKEA's "future living lab," SPACE10, based in Copenhagen. The design studio/research lab came up with designs for autonomous vehicles that would be extensions of our homes, offices, and local institutions. Some of its seven ideas, shown below, are almost practical. Who can't imagine autonomously driven cafés or pop-up stores? In fact, they already exist in California—in the form of self-driving cars that have groceries stocked in their back seats. Read more at technologyreview.com 

    State: Most Opt For Standard License, Not 'Real ID' (Massachusetts)

    More than four months after the state started issuing driver's licenses that comply with the federal Real ID security law, the standard license continues to be the most popular service option for customers at Registry of Motor Vehicles locations, according to data presented Monday. For customers who get their licenses at AAA locations instead of RMV branches, however, the Real ID is the most popular option, Registrar Erin Deveney told the Department of Transportation Board of Directors. Read the full article at salemnews.com 

    Where All Those Extra Vehicle Fees in California Actually Go

    Californians pay a number of different taxes and fees in order to operate their vehicles, but only a percentage of certain fees have been designated for roads and infrastructure. Even if the gas tax is excluded, there are still a number of fees associated with owning and operating a vehicle.These range from vehicle emission fees to vehicle registration fees. However, not all of these fees, despite being based on the vehicle, go toward roads. Cumulatively, Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) fees actually total about $8.2 billion per year. The bulk of that money gets split up among different agencies and governments. Read more at abc10.com 19

    Aging Drivers Can Be Reported To DMV If It's Unsafe For Them To Be On The Road (California

    Just because drivers are getting older doesn't mean they are unsafe, but the California Department of Motor Vehicles wants the public to know about services available to help make roads safer. "The goal of the DMV is to keep experienced senior drivers as mobile as possible for as long as possible, extending their safe-driving years," DMV spokesperson Jaime Garza said. The DMV has a list of warning signs to look out for when assessing if an elderly adult should stop driving. If one or more of these signs are recognized, it may be time to have a conversation with the older adult about his or her driving. Read more at bakersfieldnow.com 

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