What Do I Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey?
It is a serious offense to be convicted of a DWI in New Jersey. It is because of this that offenders face certain consequences as a result. This can include fines, surcharges, mandatory attendance at alcohol education courses, and jail time. In addition to this, some cases may require the court to order the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in the offender’s car. Continue reading below to learn more about the device and how it works.
How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?
A DWI conviction can result in the court mandating an Ignition Interlock Device in the individual’s car. This 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.
It is important to know that the device is designed to ensure that another person cannot blow into it to start the car for an intoxicated individual. This is possible due to the fact that it requires additional breath samples to be periodically given while the vehicle is being driven. 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.
When Will the Device be Installed?
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. If the driver’s BAC is under 0.15%, the court can order the installation of the device for the same period of time at their own discretion.
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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