Interlock Now required for 1st Offenders/Refusals – N.J.S.A. 39:4-50

[01/15/10 – 9:49 am] Yesterday, the acting-governor 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). The statute permits a judge to order either the use of an interlock device or the suspension of the defendant’s registration privileges. 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.

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