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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation And Motor Vehicles
Agency 35. Commission On The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
Chapter 70. Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device Regulations
10/15/2021

24VAC35-70-90. Calibration and monitoring.

A. Only calibration units found on the current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Conforming Products List of Calibrating Units for Breath Alcohol Testers or subsequently approved for inclusion in the next conforming products list publication, and certified by the commission shall be used by manufacturers or their service providers to calibrate remote alcohol monitoring devices.

B. The manufacturer or the manufacturer's service provider shall:

1. Provide calibration and monitoring of the remote alcohol monitoring device at least every 30 days. If the device self-system check during calibration indicates a potential inaccuracy issue, the manufacturer or service provider shall:

a. Check the remote alcohol monitoring device for accuracy using a dry gas reference sample approved by the commission;

b. Check the remote alcohol monitoring device for accuracy by using a dry gas alcohol standard with an alcohol reference value between 0.030 and 0.050 g/210L;

c. Expel a three-second purge of the remote alcohol monitoring device prior to introducing the alcohol reference sample into the device. This is not required if there is less than three inches of tubing from the dry gas dispenser to the device;

d. Perform an accuracy check that will consist of two consecutive reference checks with the result of each individual check being within plus or minus 10% or 0.003, whichever is greater, of the alcohol reference value introduced into the remote alcohol monitoring device. The time period between the first and second consecutive accuracy checks shall not exceed five minutes; and

e. Store dry gas alcohol standard tanks in a manner consistent with the gas manufacturer's specifications. The dry gas tanks shall have a label attached that contains the components and concentration of the reference value of the gas, an expiration date that shall not be longer than three years from the date of preparation, and the lot or batch number. Dry gas alcohol standards must be certified to a known reference value and be traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The reference value shall be adjusted for changes in elevation and pressure. Manufacturers or their service providers shall possess a certificate of analysis from the dry gas standard manufacturer. Dry gas tanks shall be secured in a manner as to prevent harm to the public;

2. Retrieve data from the remote alcohol monitoring device data log for the previous period and electronically submit alcohol-related violations to the ASAP within 24 hours of retrieval;

3. Check the remote alcohol monitoring device for signs of circumvention or tampering if suspicious activity has been indicated to the service provider and electronically report violations to ASAP within the required timeframe established by the commission;

4. Collect the monthly monitoring fee from the offender. If an offender who has not been declared to be indigent by the court is one or more months delinquent in payments, the service provider may, in its discretion, refuse to provide services but shall not retrieve the remote alcohol monitoring device without authorization from the commission. Offenders with an outstanding balance in excess of $250 with any Virginia-approved remote alcohol monitoring device service provider shall not be permitted to install a remote alcohol monitoring device with another remote alcohol monitoring service provider unless otherwise approved by the commission; and

5. Conform to other calibration requirements established by the commission, as applicable.

C. All malfunctions other than routine maintenance of the remote alcohol monitoring device shall be either repaired or replaced by the manufacturer within two business days at no additional expense to the offender. If it is shown that the malfunction is due to damage to the device as a result of mistreatment or improper use, the offender shall be responsible for applicable repair or replacement fees. Routine maintenance of the device may be performed by the service provider.

D. The remote alcohol monitoring device shall record, at a minimum, the following data:

1. The time and date of all breath or transdermal tests;

2. The breath or transdermal alcohol level of all tests;

3. The time and date of attempts to tamper or circumvent the remote alcohol monitoring device;

4. For a unit that uses a breath sample, a photo of each person delivering an accepted breath test sample for analysis by the remote alcohol monitoring device; and

5. A reference photo of the offender.

E. A service provider may charge a monthly monitoring fee. The maximum permissible cost for monitoring and calibration shall be set by the commission through the remote alcohol monitoring regulations, and service providers shall not be permitted to exceed the maximum fee established by the commission. A portion of these fees shall include costs for administrative support and offender indigency funds. In addition to the maximum fee permitted, service providers may collect applicable taxes and charge for optional insurance to cover device theft and accidental damage. Fees for the first monthly monitoring and calibration visit will be collected from the user in advance at the time of installation and monthly thereafter when services are rendered.

Statutory Authority

§ 18.2-270.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. July 1, 2021.

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