ignition interlock device
It’s now up to Gov. Chris Christie whether New Jersey will ease the punishment for some motorists convicted of drunken driving.
New Jersey Senate members are considering a proposal loosening up some of the penalties for first-time drunken driving offenders who currently lose their licenses for three months.
Documents obtained by CBS 2 show more than 40,000 convicted drivers — nearly three-quarters of offenders — still have not installed ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.
A measure just passed out of the Senate judiciary committee would give all convicted drunk drivers the option of installing ignition interlock devices in their cars or having their licenses revoked.
The measure could allow drivers convicted of a first DWI to avoid a license suspension by agreeing to install an ignition interlock device in their car. The device requires the driver to take and pass a Breathalyzer-like test before starting the car.
A public hearing held Thursday in Farmingdale took aim at what’s become a growing problem of school bus drivers operating their vehicles while intoxicated.
The New York state law requires convicted drunk drivers to blow into a device that measures the driver’s blood alcohol level before the car can be started.
More than two dozen convicted drunk drivers in Nassau County were busted for illegally driving a car to meet with their probation officers. The Nassau County District Attorney’s office announced the arrests of 25 convicted drunk drivers during a two-week sweep.