2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:1228.9 - Impaired Driver Tracking System; purpose; procedure

§1228.9. Impaired Driver Tracking System; purpose; procedure

A. The Legislature of Louisiana finds and declares that driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance presents a significant threat to the public safety and welfare to the citizens of this state. Impaired driving causes loss of life and serious bodily injury, as well as substantial property damage in every area of this state. The ability to track those persons previously arrested for an impaired driving offense will assist agencies which are involved in the investigation, prosecution, and disposition of impaired driving offenses. In order to accomplish that goal, it is in the best interest of this state to utilize the ICJIS project to coordinate an impaired driver tracking system to ensure that persons employed by the agencies involved in the investigation, prosecution, and disposition of impaired driving offenses have complete, reliable, and accurate information on every person who has committed an offense listed herein.

B. The Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (ICJIS) Project shall contain a component for the Impaired Driver Tracking System as provided in this Section.

C. The Impaired Driver Tracking System component of ICJIS shall be designed so as to provide accurate, complete, and reliable information regarding the arrest of each impaired driver for the offenses set forth in this Subsection and the disposition, of each impaired case, including information on prosecution, dismissal, conviction, disposition, or completion of the sentence. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, all agencies participating in the Impaired Driver Tracking System as provided in this Section shall have access to the data collected as provided for in Subsection D of this Section concerning any of the following offenses:

(1) R.S. 14:32.1 (vehicular homicide).

(2) R.S. 14:39.1 (vehicular negligent injuring).

(3) R.S. 14:39.2 (first degree vehicular negligent injuring).

(4) R.S. 14:98 (operating a vehicle while intoxicated).

(5) Any ordinance of a municipality, parish, or other similar political subdivision of the state, which prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, vessel, or other means of conveyance while intoxicated, while impaired, or while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any controlled dangerous substance.

D.(1) Every law enforcement agency in this state, including but not limited to city police departments, sheriffs' offices, and state police shall submit the following information to the impaired driver tracking system component of ICJIS, when a person is arrested for any offense listed in Subsection C of this Section:

(a) The law enforcement agency making the arrest shall provide sufficient information about the arrested person so that other law enforcement agencies, courts, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and other relevant persons or agencies can identify the person arrested, including but not limited to name, address, driver's license number, date of birth, and physical characteristics, such as eye color, hair color, and gender.

(b) The law enforcement agency shall also input pertinent arrest information, including date, location of the offense, arresting officer, the violation charged, whether the person arrested submitted or refused to submit to a test to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs, the results of those tests if applicable, and any other information that the arresting officer deems necessary.

(2) Every district attorney and prosecutor in this state shall provide information to the impaired driver tracking system component of ICJIS regarding each person who is referred for prosecution of an offense listed in Subsection C of this Section. This information shall include but is not limited to the criminal charge filed against the person, whether or not the person was required to participate in substance abuse treatment, a driver improvement program or any pretrial diversion program, whether the person completed the requirements imposed by the prosecutor or district attorney, and whether a conviction was obtained.

(3) Every court in this state with jurisdiction over any of the offenses listed in Subsection C of this Section shall provide information to the impaired driver tracking system component of ICJIS with regard to the disposition of the charge for any offense listed in Subsection C of this Section, including but not limited to the date of arraignment, date of disposition, whether or not the defendant was required to participate in substance abuse treatment, the final disposition of the charge, sentence or penalties imposed, probation information, any administrative sanctions imposed, such as driver's license suspensions, fines assessed, penalties for failure to complete court or administrative sanctions, and date of reinstatement.

E. The information contained in the impaired driver tracking system shall be shared by all agencies who contribute information to it, in accordance with the provisions of the ICJIS project in order to effectively investigate, prosecute, or dispose of cases involving impaired driving. The information contained in the tracking system may also be used to generate periodic reports on the number of impaired driving offenses taking place during a specified period of time.

Acts 2004, No. 666, §1.

NOTE: Acts 2004, No. 666, §3, provides that the provisions of the Act shall become effective on the first day of the second month following promulgation of written notice from the La. State Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice of the successful completion and implementation of the ICJIS Project.

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