Mandatory Interlock Device for Refusal or .15% Blood Alcohol Content

January 14, 2010, the acting-governor - Corzine - signed into law the provisions of “Ricci’s Law”, a series of amendments to the state’s drunk driving laws that will require that first offenders and people who have been convicted of a refusal offense be subject to the Ignition Interlock Device statute (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.16).

Use of the device on vehicles principally driven by the offender will be mandatory for violations for all refusal statute (N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.4a) and for those defendants with a blood alcohol level of 0.15% or greater.

Hence, anyone who is found guilty of refusing to submit to a breath test to determine their blood alcohol content subsequent to a drunk driving arrest or anyone who does submit to such a test and the result is .15% or higher will be required to have an interlock ignition device installed in their vehicle at their own cost and expense.

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