New Jersey Can Save More Lives with Stronger Ignition Interlock Law

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The New Jersey DUI and DWI law could be changing soon with Ignition Interlock Devices and shorter license suspension periods.

DUI/DWI New Jersey Law

The current law in New Jersey states that license suspensions can range from three months to 10 years depending on the severity of the DUI/DWI incident for first-time cases. In this proposed change to the state legislation, the suspension period will be drastically shorter with a range between 30 to 90 days. If the individual opts to drive again during this suspension, they will need to install an Ignition Interlock Device.

What the Proposed DUI/DWI New Jersey Bill Means

This potential legislation will help keep New Jersey roads safer and will allow individuals to get back to their everyday routine by driving with restricted privileges. Several studies reveal that individuals during a license suspension period are likely to drive anyway. An Ignition Interlock installed in their vehicle can prevent drunk driving.

Below are the proposed requirement periods for individuals with a DUI/DWI in New Jersey.

  • The Ignition Interlock requirement period can range from three to 18 months. First DUI/DWI cases with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .08 and .10 will need the Interlock Device between three to six months. The license suspension period will be 30 days.
  • Individuals with a BAC between .10 to .15 will need the Interlock Device between seven months to a year with a license suspension period for 45 days.
  • Those with a BAC of .15 or higher will have the Interlock Device for a year to 18 months and a license suspension period of 90 days.
  • Those who refuse their breathalyzer tests will have higher penalties.

The proposed law will also double the length of license suspension for repeat cases. Current New Jersey law states that the suspension period is two years.

The bill is moving steps closer to becoming law for first-time DUI/DWI cases in New Jersey. Smart Start applauds New Jersey’s efforts to enforce a stronger DUI/DWI law. Ignition Interlocks are the most reliable technology to prevent drunk driving, and with the opportunity for individuals to install them sooner rather than later, the state can see safer roadways and save lives.

Need an Ignition Interlock Now?

If you are in a situation where you need to install an Ignition Interlock in New Jersey, or anywhere in the U.S., Smart Start can help. Schedule your Ignition Interlock installation appointment now by calling (800) 831-3299 or by filling out our online form.