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Senate Seeks to Make Ignition Locking Device Mandatory for First-Time DUIs

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Posted on Jul 22, 2012

New Jersey senate seeks to make ignition interlock devices mandatory for first time DUIs. If you have been injured because of another’s negligent driving, a Morristown car accident lawyer can help you secure compensation.

On June 21, Bill S1750 was to be voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill sought to amend current laws by making ignition interlock devices mandatory for first time offenders convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Currently, these ignition locks are only mandatory for repeat DUIs and first-time offenders with a blood alcohol of .15 or more.

The devices are installed on a vehicle’s dashboard and come equipped with a mechanism similar to a Breathalyzer. It prevents vehicles from starting if there is alcohol detected on the driver’s breath.

The bill also proposes to lessen fines associated with DUIs as well as shorten the length of driver’s license suspension. The idea, according to Sen. Nicholas Scutari, is to remove drunk drivers from the road while being less punitive.

The bill was pulled prior to vote since a loophole existed that did not cover alternatives to the interlocking devices if the offender did not own a vehicle.  Scutari estimates the bill will be back up for vote after making some amendments in the fall of 2012.

A Morristown Car Accident Attorney Can Help

If you have been injured because of another's negligence – including driving while intoxicated – you may be able to receive compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages due to missed work, and pain and suffering. The Morristown car accident lawyers at the law office of Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. will fight for fair compensation on your behalf while you recover from the accident. For a free consultation, call 973-285-1100 today. 

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