What is the Law Regarding Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey?

A DWI is considered a serious offense in New Jersey. It is because of this that offenders often face significant consequences, including fines, surcharges, mandatory attendance at alcohol education courses, and even jail time. In addition, the court may require the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in the individual’s car. Continue reading below to learn more about this device and its purpose. 

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

If a person is convicted of a DWI in New Jersey, the court has the right to order the offender to install an Ignition Interlock Device in his motor vehicle. An Ignition Interlock Device is a machine that is connected to the steering column of a vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a breath testing machine in order to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC) before they can operate the vehicle. It is important to know that the vehicle will not start if the individual’s BAC registers at 0.05% or higher. Additionally, the IID will not allow the car to start for a period of time following this BAC reading.

Once started, the device requires another breath sample to be given periodically while the vehicle is in motion. When a subsequent sample is not given, the IID will make the horn beep and the lights flash until a new sample is administered. 

When Will the Device be Installed?

The revised New Jersey DWI laws mandate IID installation immediately after conviction for low BAC first offenders and first refusal cases. The IID installation is in lieu of a license suspension. All other DWI offenses require the installation of the IID prior to an individual’s license being restored after a period of license suspension. 

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