A proposed bill that deals with issues surrounding drinking and driving
in New Jersey is now ready to be voted on by the State Senate; the bill
has both critics and supporters. Under the proposal, first-time convicted
drunk drivers who have a blood alcohol level of .15 or lower would be
legally allowed to drive after 10 days of their license suspension if
they install an ignition interlock device in their primary vehicle.
The bill's proponents believe it will make the roads safer because
everyone with an alcohol-related conviction would be required to install
the interlock device. Critics believe the ignition interlock plan falls
short because the offender is only required to install the device on their
personal vehicle; nothing can prevent them from driving someone else's car.
The bill would require that offenders get a 10-day license suspension and
have to install the ignition interlock device for three months if they
have a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher but less than .10. If the
offender's blood alcohol level was greater than .10 but less than
.15, a 10-day suspension is imposed, and the offenders must use the ignition
interlock device for a period of time between 7 months to a year.
There is not a funding provision in place to provide the interlocking devices,
which could potentially be unfair to poor residents, according to the
bill's critics. Since critics believe that the bill discriminates
against people who are in a lower class, it is possible that if an individual
DWI conviction, their attorney may choose to seek dismissal of the charges
rather than recommend that their client plead guilty.
Source: New Jersey 101.5, "Bill would dramatically change NJ’s drunk driving law Read More:
Bill would dramatically change NJ's drunk driving law ", Kevin McArdle , December 31, 2014