What to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey

When individuals choose to drive while intoxicated, they put numerous lives at risk. As a result, New Jersey takes DWI charges very seriously. If you are convicted of a DWI, you will face multiple consequences, one of which may include an ignition interlock device. Read on to learn more about these devices and how they work.

How Does an Ignition Interlock Device Work?

If you are convicted of a DWI, New Jersey courts may require an ignition interlock device (IID) to be installed in all of the vehicles you drive. An IID is a device that connects to the steering column and requires the driver to blow into it, determining their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Their BAC must be less than 0.05% for the vehicle to start.  If the driver’s BAC is higher than .05%, the car will not turn on. It is important to know that the device also prevents other people from using it on behalf of the driver, as the driver is required to provide additional breaths while the vehicle is in motion. 

Will I Be Required to Install an IID?

If a driver receives a DWI conviction for the first time with a BAC over .15%, he or she may be required to install an ignition interlock device in his vehicle. This may also be required if this individual refuses to take a breathalyzer test. The device must be installed after the driver’s license is reinstated for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.

If the driver’s BAC is under 0.15%,  whether or not the device should be installed is up to the court. 

Individuals who are convicted of a second DWI may be required to have the device installed while their license as well as for one to three years after the license is reinstated. This is also the case for drivers with a third DWI conviction or if they refuse a breathalyzer test. If the driver does not have the device installed when they are ordered to, the judge can require an additional year of license suspension. 

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