NC starts over on ignition devices for DWI drivers

MORRISVILLE, NC - MORRISVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Texas company that makes machines to test the sobriety of convicted drunken drivers before they start their cars will get another chance to do business in North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the state Division of Motor Vehicles has started anew with its process for certifying the devices after Smart Start Inc. sued DMV in January.

DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson told WRAL-TV a key factor in his decision to start over was the failure of an independent lab to test some of the devices.

Monitech president and owner Larry J. Mobley says his devices meet DMV's requirements because he only does business in one state.

Smart Start attorney Daniel Boyce says the requirements were written so that only Monitech would qualify.

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