What is an ignition interlock device?

In New Jersey, driving under the influence is taken very seriously. Upon an offense for a driving under the influence charge, you will face very severe consequences. One of those, in addition to numerous fines and potential jail time, is known as an ignition interlock device. It is a device that is installed into your vehicle and requires you to take a chemical breath test each time you get behind the wheel to make sure you are not driving drunk. If any alcohol is found in the breath test, the car will not start and you will not be able to drive.

Ignition interlock devices can be very costly. You will be held responsible for all of the costs related to installing, purchasing, and removing the device. The state of New Jersey provides people who are required to install this type of device with a list of state-approved manufacturers who make them.

You will be required to install an ignition interlock device for six months on your first offense if you have a BAC of 0.15-percent or greater. The installation of this breathalyzer device is required for anyone who has been convicted of their second or subsequent driving under the influence offense. They will have to have it installed for anywhere between 1 and 3 years after their license has been restored. Drivers licenses are revoked for a specific amount of time when you have had a serious DUI conviction.

If you fail to install an ignition interlock device after the court has ordered you to, you are facing an additional year of license suspension in addition to the amount of time your license has already been suspended for. You may also be required to have the device installed even when your license is suspended to ensure you are abiding by the penalties you are facing.

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