If you are driving with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .08% or higher in New Jersey, you can be charged with a DUI. In addition, a judge may order an interlock device for you in such a case. If your license is suspended, you will need to install an interlock device in your vehicle. In fact, repeat offenders must have an interlock device connected during license suspension and even after license restoration for a period of one to three years.
Interlock Device Rules in New Jersey
In the case of a DUI charge, you must immediately turn your license over to the court. Additionally, you may not drive while your license is suspended. Moreover, for the duration of the interlock period, you may not drive any vehicle other than one with an interlock device. If you are deviating from these rules, it could result in an additional one-year driving privilege suspension. Of course, your situation may be different from anyone else, so you should consult with your attorney to confirm your requirements and understand how the interlock device works.
Don’t Leave Your Car Unattended
You may have been in the habit of leaving your car running if you’re out on a quick errand. However, with an interlock device installed, rules will be different. Your ignition interlock device can prompt you for a rolling test at any time. If you are not in your car to hear the test alert, you could miss the test. A missed test counts for a failed result and will not work in your favor. Therefore, you must be aware and make sure to shut off your vehicle whenever you aren’t driving.
Keep Up with Maintenance
Your New Jersey interlock device will require frequent calibrations to ensure that your device operates appropriately and accurately. In New Jersey, you will need to have your device calibrated every 30 days. If you skip this vital maintenance, it can result in a lockout of your interlock device.
Keep Your Battery Charged
There can be many reasons that our car battery dies. If you have an interlock device in your car, pay more attention to your battery life and maintenance so that it doesn’t run out. Your interlock device depends on your car battery to work.
Be Aware of False Positives
If your interlock device is sensitive to any food or drinks you might have consumed, it can give a false-positive result. Be sure to read about your interlock device and avoid food that it may be sensitive to. Your interlock device can even prevent you from starting a vehicle if your BAC measures above the legal limit.
Don’t Play with Your Device
If you are thinking of or come across information on how to bypass your interlock device or tamper with it, don’t even go there. Tampering with your gadget is illegal, and it may create more problems for you.
Interlock Device of New Jersey is here to help you get the most appropriate device installed in your vehicle. We have several locations across the state for your convenience. Contact us today at 866 739 2367 to get started.