What is an ignition interlock device?

When an individual is convicted of driving while intoxicated and the court imposed a license suspension, the court may also require them to install an ignition interlock device into any car they drive. Not every individual that is found guilty of driving under the influence in New Jersey will have to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles.

Individuals who had a blood alcohol content of 0.15% or greater on a first offense DUI offense will be required to install an ignition interlock device for anywhere between 6 months to 1 year, depending on what the judge decides. It is important to be aware that in most cases, the device will be installed in the vehicle during the time that your license is suspended and for an additional 6 months to 1 year afterward. Those who do commit a first offense DUI with a blood alcohol content lower than .15 will likely not be subject to the installation of an ignition interlock device.

In the case of a second offense DUI, the installation of an ignition interlock device is mandatory regardless of how high the offender’s blood alcohol content was. This installation must occur throughout the entire time the individual’s license is suspended as well as for 1 to 3 years after it has been restored.

It is important to note that when you are mandated to install an ignition interlock device, you will be responsible for covering the costs of the device. These can include the cost of installation, removal, and a fee each month it is installed.

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