New legislation could require drunken drivers to install interlock devices

Drivers convicted of DUI may soon be able to keep their licenses under a bill being considered by the Legislature.

Drivers convicted of DUI may soon be able to keep their licenses under a bill being considered by the Legislature.

Drivers convicted of DUI may soon be able to keep their licenses under a bill being considered by the Legislature. (3/24/14)

TRENTON - Drivers convicted of DUI may soon be able to keep their licenses under a bill being considered by the Legislature.

The plan would require drivers to install interlock devices on their vehicles, which would prevent the car from starting if the driver's blood alcohol content is over the legal limit. 

Safe driving advocates support the idea because they claim it changes behavior.

"Interlock devices are preferable to suspension," says AAA New Jersey spokesperson Cathleen Lewis. "They have an ability to reduce recidivism and get drunk[en] drivers off of our roadways."

For a first or second offense, someone convicted of drunken driving would lose their license for 10 days while the interlock device is installed.  After a third conviction, a judge could take away a driver's license for 10 years.

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