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N.J. could soon crack down on DWIs — without suspending more drivers licenses

Susan Livio | June 23, 2019 | NJ Advance Media |


More people who get caught driving drunk in New Jersey could soon be able to keep their drivers license but would be required to install a device in their car that would measure their sobriety.

Judges have ordered people convicted more than once of driving while intoxicated or first offenders with a blood alcohol level of .15 or more to install ignition interlock devices in their cars since Ricci’s Law, named for a teenager who was killed by a drunken driver in 2006, was enacted nine years ago.

Drivers blow into the small Breathalyzer machines attached to their ignition devices and if their BAC is more than the legal limit of .08, the vehicle will not start.

Last year interlocks stopped 13,500 drivers from driving drunk. Since they became available a dozen years ago, the devices have prevented more than 87,925 attempts to drive drunk in New Jersey, according to the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


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