What is an ignition interlock device?

When a driver in New Jersey or Pennsylvania gets charged with driving while intoxicated, they may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. These devices require the driver to take a chemical breath test each time they get behind the wheel to ensure they do not have alcohol in their blood stream. These devices will record and report your blood alcohol content to make sure that they do not drive while intoxicated again. The laws for interlock device requirement vary by state but they all share the same general sentiment: don’t drink and drive.

In Pennsylvania, there are three levels of driving under the influence that are determined by the driver’s blood alcohol content percentage. Any second or subsequent offense of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania will require you to install an ignition interlock device in your motor vehicle for one year.

In New Jersey, drivers are required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles for a number of DUI related reasons. For a first offense DUI, a driver will have to install an IID if their breathalyzer test read a 0.15% BAC or higher. Second and subsequent offenders are required to install the device for a minimum of 1-3 years after the offender’s driving privileges have been restored.

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