Why Would I Need an Ignition Interlock Device in New Jersey?

When a person is convicted of a DWI in the state of New Jersey, it is a very serious offense that is treated as such. It is because of this that offenders can face a variety of consequences such as fines, surcharges, mandatory attendance at alcohol education courses, and jail time. In addition to this, the court may require the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in some. Continue reading below to learn more about this device and how it works. 

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

In the event of a DWI conviction, the court may mandate the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device in the offender’s vehicle. This is a device that connects to the steering column in the vehicle of the offender. It requires the individual to blow a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) less than 0.05% in order for the vehicle to start. If their BAC is above this limit, the vehicle will not turn on. 

This device is designed to protect the road from drunk drivers. It also ensures that another person cannot blow into the device to start the vehicle for an intoxicated person to drive. This is because it requires additional breaths to be given while the vehicle is in motion. If the driver fails to do so, the vehicle will make a record of it, issue a warning, and set off an alarm until the vehicle is stopped. 

When Will the Device be Installed?

If a driver is convicted of a DWI for the first time due to a BAC over .15%, they may be required to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in their vehicle. This is also the case if the driver refused to take a breathalyzer test once pulled over. Once the individual is convicted, the offender is required to have the device installed after their license is reinstated for a period of six months to one year. If their BAC is under 0.15%, it is up to the discretion of the court whether the device should be installed for the same period of time. 

Drivers who receive a second DWI conviction may be required to have the device installed while their license is suspended in addition to a period of one to three years after its reinstatement. This is the same in the event of a third DWI charge or the refusal to submit a breathalyzer test. If the driver does not have the device installed when they are ordered to do so, the judge can mandate an additional year of license suspension. 

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