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What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a tiny breath-testing device about the size of a cell phone which attaches to the ignition system of the car. The car will not start unless the driver can pass an electronic alcohol breath test by blowing into the device. The convicted DWI offender is prohibited from operating any car that is not equipped with an ignition interlock device.

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Who must install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles?

First-time offenders with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) over 0.15 and repeat offenders with a BAC over 0.08 must install an interlock device. Anyone refusing a BAC test must also install an interlock device.

3

How long must the ignition interlock device remain installed?

An interlock device must be functional in the defendant's car both during a license suspension and after the license restoration (six to 12 months after restoration for first offenders; one to three years after restoration for repeat offenders).

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What happens if you fail to get an interlock device after being ordered to do so by a New Jersey Court?

In New Jersey, a person who fails to install an interlock device in a motor vehicle owned, leased or regularly operated by him will have his/her driver's license suspended for one year, in addition to any other suspension or revocation imposed, unless the court determines a valid reason exists for the failure to comply. A person in whose vehicle an interlock device is installed pursuant to a court order who drives that vehicle after it has been started by any means other than his own blowing into the device or who drives a vehicle that is not equipped with such a device shall have his driver's license suspended for one year, in addition to any other penalty applicable by law.

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What if the Interlock Device is tampered with?

In New Jersey, a person is a disorderly person in regards to the interlock device who: (1) Blows into an interlock device or otherwise starts a motor vehicle equipped with such a device for the purpose of providing an operable motor vehicle to a person who has been ordered by the court to install the device in the vehicle; ??(2) Tampers or in any way circumvents the operation of an interlock device; ??(3) Knowingly rents, leases or lends a motor vehicle not equipped with an interlock device to a person who has been ordered by the court to install an interlock device in a vehicle he owns, leases or regularly operates.