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New law expands IID use

People who live in New Jersey and who are concerned about the ongoing risk they and their loved ones face due to drunk drivers will be glad to know that the state is taking action to help them. The efforts to curb drunk driving have been ongoing for many decades. While stronger laws and increased public awareness may have prevented many acts of drunk driving, there continue to be too many people who refuse to pay attention to good sense.

One of the penalties that many people convicted of driving while intoxicated offenses experience is the loss of their driving privileges. This might sound like an effective tool in keeping impaired drivers off the roads and highways, but the reality of the matter is that many of them simply choose to drive without a valid license. Now, a new law that is set to take effect on January 1, 2020 aims to head this off at the pass.

As reported by, every driver convicted of a DWI offense will have to install and use an ignition interlock device. Currently, only drivers with blood alcohol content levels exceeding 0.15% are required to use IIDs. These devices maintain a lock on a vehicle ignition until the driver successfully passes a breath test. Drivers also have to pass random breath tests while they are driving.

The length of time a person will have to use an IID can vary based on their BAC at the time of their arrest but may last anywhere from three months to 15 months.


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