People who are placed under arrest and charged with suspected driving while intoxicated offenses in New Jersey will want to learn about the potential consequences they may face if they end up being convicted for this type of charge. Among the various penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction is the loss of driving privileges. A driver may also be ordered to install and use an ignition interlock device.
As explained by the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, an IID is used to lock a vehicle’s ignition until a breath test has been taken and passed, confirming that the driver is not under the influence of alcohol. A driver might be required to install and use an IID even after a first DWI offense. The length of time that an ignition interlock device may be required can vary from six months to three years.
Intoxalock, an IID manufacturer, explains that the device operates by connecting a breath test device to an electronic chip installed in the vehicle. The chip communicates with the breath test device and controls the ignition. If a breath test detects alcohol above a predetermined limit, the ignition will not be allowed to start. This is a way of trying to prevent repeat drunk driving instances.
After a vehicle has been started, a driver may be prompted to take a test while actively driving. For this reason, people should avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while driving as some foods or beverages may interfere with the results of a test.