|Monday, November 29, 2010 – Anne Kramer|
|A legislative audit released today is critical of the way the State Division of Parole and Probation handles monitoring of ignition interlock devices given to people who were convicted of drunk driving in Maryland.
Those devices are ordered by the court as part of an offender’s probation.
It usually requires that person to use a Breathalyzer which checks for alcohol use before they can start their car.
The audit performed by Legislative Services finds that as of June 2009, the Division of Parole and Probation is responsible for monitoring more than 20 thousand Drinking Driver Monitoring Program participants.
According to the audit, the DPP has no system in place to readily identify or track cases requiring the use of those interlock ignition systems nor could it give the number of cases where that device is required as a part of a person’s probation.
The report also found the monitoring of monthly reports by offenders who tried to start their cars were lax.
The Division of Parole and Probation says that as of June a special code is now being used that will identify those cases where the ignition interlock is required by the courts. And officials say they are now developing a procedure that requires checking the ignition interlock reports monthly for each offender through a chain of command in the department.