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  • Thousands sign up for Drive Only knowledge test: DMV

  • West Virginia interlock program keeping DUI offenders from repeating mistake

  • Utah launches new website for electric vehicle owners



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Thousands sign up for Drive Only knowledge test: DMV

NBC Connecticut
Thousands Sign Up for Drive Only Knowledge Test: DMV
Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014 • Updated at 6:21 PM EST
More than 6,500 undocumented Connecticut residents have signed up online for Drive Only knowledge test appointments since the state Department of Motor Vehicles launched a program Monday "to allow them to obtain a driver's license," according to the DMV.
That's the highest volume of appointments made for the test in a day, according to the DMV. In 2013, the legislature approved the program allowing "undocumented individuals who are 16 and older and cannot establish their legal presence in the United States" to apply for a "Drive Only license."
The license can't be used for state or federal identification, however.
Norwalk and Danbury time slots are already full for the first couple months and appointment slots are going quickly in other towns, according to the DMV. The DMV website had 30,000 page views on the first day of sign-ups.
No walk-ins are allowed and appointments can only be made online through a system established in 2012 to "manage the learner's permit process," according to the DMV.

Despite the large number of appointments, only 600 people have downloaded the practice test app on iPhones, iPads and Android phones to help people study, the DMV said. The test has more than 60 questions from three versions of the test for people to practice. The app also has a quiz for parents helping teen drivers who need to take the test.

"Slots are filling fast and people need to know they must study for this test or face a longer wait to obtain a license,” DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said in a statement. “The comparison of numbers between appointments and downloads of the app tells us that applicants need to understand that this app can help them. Without good preparation, which includes studying the driver’s manual and using this app, they could fail the test.... A failure could mean a months-long process to get an appointment and then another three-month waiting period while they practice driving with a learner’s permit. They might want to avoid that delay."
In order to obtain a Drive Only license, individuals must apply for a learner's permit and have it for at least three months, longer for 16- and 17-year-olds, before obtaining a license so they can practice with a licensed driver in preparation for the road skills test, the DMV said.
The app and driver's manual are free study materials for applicants, with versions in English and Spanish available for download. There is an audio version of the manual in English and one in Spanish will soon be available.
Additional requirements for young teen drivers are available at ct.gov/dmv/teens

Blog ct news
More than 6,500 undocumented immigrants sign up for new Drive Only License test
Posted on December 2, 2014 | By Fausto Giovanny Pinto

More than 6,500 undocumented immigrants in the state have signed up for appointments to take a written driving test, since the application opened Monday, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The written test is the first step in obtaining a Drive Only License, which will start being issued next year to those that qualify for the program.

“Slots are filling fast and people need to know they must study for this test or face a longer wait to obtain a license,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey, in press release announcing the numbers.

There have also been about 600 downloads of the special practice test app, which is designed for prospective drivers with 60 real test questions they will face in this first step of the licensing process.

Due to the high volume, the Norwalk and Danbury DMV offices have already filled the first few months for the Drive Only knowledge test slots, according to the DMV. The remainder of DMV hub offices offering this Drive Only knowledge test are also filling fast.

Appointments can only be obtained online – no walk-ins are allowed – through this special system the DMV set up in in 2012 to manage the learner’s permit process.

Testing will begin January 2 for the program, approved by the legislature in 2013 for undocumented individuals who are 16 and older and cannot establish their legal presence in the United States.

During the first day for taking appointments, the DMV page with information about the program showed more than 30,000 pageviews.

Driver’s manuals are available in both English and Spanish.

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West Virginia interlock program keeping DUI offenders from repeating mistake

WDTV
Interlock Program Keeping DUI Offenders from Repeating Mistake
Written by Rachel McDevitt

Last updated on December 02, 2014 @ 9:39PM

Created on December 02, 2014 @ 5:55PM
The DMV is reporting that the number of people participating in the DUI Ignition Interlock Program has seen a big increase thanks to legislation that lets first time DUI offenders join immediately.

The law that passed in June 2014 lets DUI offenders skip the revocation period for their license, waive their hearings, and start the interlock program faster. The ignition interlock is a alcohol sensor that gets wired into a person's vehicle. Before the person can start the car, and randomly as they are driving, they have to breath into the device so it can test for signs of alcohol. Studies have shown that offenders are much less likely to to be arrested on another DUI offense if they get the interlock.

"It is a definite advantage over having that offender not drive at all legally because studies after studies after studies have shown that these drunk drivers continue to drive even without a license," said Steve Dale, Commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles.
The interlock system also saves court costs for the state and saves police officers from leaving the roadways to go to those court hearings.

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Utah launches new website for electric vehicle owners

Deseret News
State launches new website for electric vehicle owners
By Jasen Lee, Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 2 2014 4:55 p.m. MST



Updated: 14 hours ago
SALT LAKE CITY — Three years ago, Kaysville resident John Loveless spent hours online watching videos that taught him how to convert his gasoline-powered Geo Metro into an all-electric vehicle.
After working more hours in his garage, he was successfully able to remove his old internal combustion engine and replace it with an electric motor that today powers the car he uses every day to commute back and forth to work and around town for various other errands.
In fact, today his wife drives a Nissan Leaf hatchback, which the family uses to transport their four kids to activities as well as make trips to Costco when the need arises. That vehicle — which they’ve had for more than a year — is also battery powered.
“We don’t own any gas cars,” he said. “We totally went cold turkey off gas.”
After driving traditional gasoline vehicles for years, Loveless said they became disenchanted with the high operating costs and environmental impacts and decided to try an alternative fuel vehicle.

“We were tired of paying high gas prices, and then there was the air pollution,” he explained. “We just thought, 'Let's try it out.'”

After making the conversion, he is now a true believer.
On Tuesday, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development announced the launch of the website www.utahdriveselectric.org aimed at aiding current electric vehicle owners by providing up-to-date information on the increasingly popular technology, as well as educating Utahns about the many benefits of electric vehicles.
The site will also explain how technological advances have brought a variety of vehicles to the market while also facilitating the expansion of charging infrastructure statewide, said Jeffrey Barrett, spokesman for the office.
The website will serve as a “one-stop shop” for information regarding electric vehicles, featuring an interactive charging station map, facts and figures about the benefits of the technology, a buyers’ guide with facts on Utah-available electric vehicles, and a savings calculator that provides information on fuel cost savings, emissions reduction and post-incentive vehicle cost, Barrett said.
“Utah Drives Electric is focused on electric vehicles in particular because of the technology’s unique position at the nexus of the transportation and utility sectors, and because of its potential to positively impact air quality,” explained Laura Nelson, the executive director of the Governor's Office of Energy Development.
“Our comprehensive goal is to promote the shift to a more diverse transportation system, one that includes electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles, alternative liquid fuels, and even public transit and pedestrian infrastructure,” she said.

This year, the department partnered with Nissan, the Utah Clean Air Partnership and other stakeholders to deploy the first publicly available high-voltage charging stations along the Wasatch Front. Next year, the department will join with Utah Valley University and the Utah Clean Air Partnership to install four new charging stations in Orem.

The office will collaborate to expand the deployment of these important technologies, Barrett said. The site is meant to facilitate the private investments that will be truly essential to the diversification of Utah’s transportation sector, he added.
The agency hopes the site will become a community tool powered by community interest and input.
Heiner Fuchs of Sandy purchased a Leaf early this year and said the benefits of driving an electric vehicle far outweigh those of traditional gasoline-powered cars. He hopes the state’s efforts to promote electric vehicle use will be successful.

“Having consolidated information for vehicle owners in one website will actually be useful,” Heiner said.




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