Is a DWI a traffic violation?

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense. Although it is considered to be a traffic violation, it can have serious consequences for individuals who continuously are charged with this violation. They can face serious penalties if they continue to drive after consuming alcohol. Alcohol has the ability to impair our motor skills, which directly relates to our ability to operate a vehicle. This can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle and get into accidents where they become injured or where they injure other people.

Individuals who are 21 years of age or older cannot have a blood alcohol content that exceeds 0.08%. This can show that they are impaired by alcohol. A breathalyzer test can easily prove that your blood alcohol content provides evidence of intoxication and alcohol in your system. Those who are under the legal drinking age of 21 are not allowed to exhibit a blood alcohol content due to their inability to legally drink in the country.

What is considered to be a higher BAC?

New Jersey state is strict on those who have been caught driving while intoxicated. Drivers who are caught under the influence of alcohol can face a variety of consequences that may include multiple fines, incarceration and license suspension. These offenders may also be required to spend hours in the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center. If the number of offense they commit increases, there may be an increase in fines, jail time and license suspension. Those who are found with a blood alcohol content that is over 0.10% upon arrest can face even greater consequences. This applies to those who are only facing a first offense, too. Due to the increased level of intoxication, the consequences are greater.

When drivers are caught with a blood alcohol content level that is over 0.15%, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any car they drive during the license suspension and for six to 12 months after the suspension. The installation cost is on the individual to pay for themselves. If drivers continue to be caught driving under the influence, penalties continue to grow more life-altering. Being caught driving under the influence within 10 years of your first conviction can lead to greater penalties and consequences. By being caught a third time within 10 years of your second conviction, you may face growing consequences. This may include up to 180 days in jail and license suspension for 10 years.

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