A New Jersey bill has been introduced allowing drunk drivers to install a new interlock device to their car as an alternative to a suspended license. The device forces the driver to take a breathalyzer test before starting the car. The test would have to be taken every 20 to 30 minutes additionally while driving.

The amount of time that the driver will have to use the interlock device depends on the situation. Repeat offenders will have to use the device for longer periods of time. A second time offender will have to use it for 2 to 4 years. A third time offender may have to use the device for 20 years. The blood alcohol level also plays a major role in the time frame for offenders. A .08 BAC offender would get three to six months. A .10 to .15 BAC offender could receive up to a year.

Additionally, if the user tries to start the car with unacceptable blood alcohol content, the time period would increase by one third. For offenders with multiple cars, driving any other car other than the one with the interlock device will result in immediate suspension of the license.

The new technology aims at helping repeat offenders by changing their behavior. Drunk drivers now receive an instant punishment for their intoxication and will not be able to drive. Since the device is fool proof, the drivers themselves must take it upon themselves to change their drinking habits. All of this effort tries to help drunk drivers keep their licenses and keep them out of harm’s way.

For more information, please contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq., a NJ Municipal Court attorney, toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or email him at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.