Governor Murphy Signs Bill that Expands Use of Ignition Interlock Devices

By: Follow Local News Staff

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NEW JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S824) that will expand the use of ignition interlock devices (IID) for individuals convicted of drunk driving offenses and of refusing breath tests.

The measure will require first-time offenders to install IIDs at a cost to the offender. S824 will also reduce the length of license suspension and forfeitures for those offenses.

“Expanding the use of ignition interlock devices is just common sense,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “We must deter drunk driving without negatively impacting individuals’ ability to take care of themselves or their families. License suspensions are an imperfect tool for accomplishing both aims, as they do not stop drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel and they can prevent ex-offenders from supporting their livelihoods. In contrast, ignition interlock devices prevent drunk driving while allowing ex-offenders to support themselves and their families.”

“Ignition interlock systems have saved hundreds of lives and significantly decreased crashes due to impaired driving,” New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Chair and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton said. “Safety is at the center of everything we do here at NJMVC, so we support installing these systems as a strong, effective alternative to driver suspensions.”

The legislation requires that the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to issue a summary report containing information on drunk driving offenders that are required to install an IID, on a semi-annual basis.

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