Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey | What to Know
New Jersey takes DWI charges very seriously. If you are charged with a DWI, you will most likely need to install an ignition interlock device. Read on to learn more.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is a machine that connects to the vehicle’s steering column. It requires the driver to blow less than a 0.05% BAC in order to drive the vehicle. If the individual’s BAC is 0.05% or higher, the vehicle will not start. Another individual cannot blow into it for you, as the vehicle requires multiple breaths throughout the drive. If the breaths are not provided, the vehicle will make a record of it, issue a warning to the driver, and set off an alarm until the vehicle is stopped and turned off.
What Circumstances Call for an Ignition Interlock Device?
A person’s first DWI conviction with a BAC higher than 0.15% can result in the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in their car. This may also be the case in the event that the driver refuses to take a breathalyzer test. It is important to know that once convicted, the offender must have the device installed after their license reinstatement for six months to one year. It is important to know that you may still need to install an ignition interlock device, even if your BAC is below .15%.
Drivers who are convicted for a second time can be mandated to have the device installed while their license is still suspended as well as for one to three years after it is reinstated. This is the same for a third DWI charge or the refusal to take a breathalyzer test. If the driver does not have the device installed once it is ordered, the judge can request an additional year of license suspension.
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