Ignition interlock devices in Belford, NJ are used when a person is convicted of a drunk driving offense. After their license and driving privileges are restored, the court may require them to have one of these devices installed. Basically, it’s a small, handheld breathalyzer for your car—before you can start your car, you must blow into the device. If your breath is under the limit—that is, you haven’t consumed any alcohol—your car will start.
Intoxalock ignition interlock devices
Lentz Auto Body is a certified Intoxalock dealer and installer. If you’re required to install an ignition interlock device in your car following a drunk driving conviction, call us. We offer installation, service, repair and removal services so your experience is as easy and convenient as possible.
Consequences of subsequent DUI convictions in New Jersey
You might be tempted to brush off the necessity for an ignition interlock device, but it might help prevent you from getting a second or subsequent DUI. Depending on the circumstances of your first conviction, the penalties for another offense can be extreme.
According to current state law, license suspensions have been eliminated for most first-time offenders—as long as their blood alcohol content did not exceed 0.15 percent—on the condition that they install an interlock device in their vehicle. The device has to stay in the car for anywhere between three months to a year, and the driver needs to have a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent or below in order for the car to start.
Any first-time offender whose BAC was over 0.15 percent is subject to their license being suspended for four to six months, and they have to keep the interlock device in their car for another nine to 15 months after that.
However, it’s worth it: a second offense could suspend your license up to two years, and you’ll have to keep the ignition interlock device in your car for two to four years after that. If you have a third offense, you’ll be in jail for no less than six months, pay a $1,000 fine and have your driver’s license suspended for 10 years.
Do ignition interlock devices work?
If you’re skeptical about how well these devices work at preventing another drunk driving incident, studies have shown that they work. Generally, the devices reduce the chances of your being arrested for a second or other DUI offense by up to 65 percent. If you have a hard time knowing when you’ve had a little too much, these devices can save your license—and potentially your life.
The state of New Jersey estimated that as of late 2019, ignition interlocks have prevented around 74,000 vehicles startups when the driver was too intoxicated to drive, forcing drivers to either wait until they sober up or get a ride another way.
If you need an Intoxalock ignition interlock installation in Belford, NJ, schedule an appointment with Lentz Auto Body and get ready to get safely back on the road.
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