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Impaired driving in New Jersey

Every New Jersey driver likely has some awareness that the state has laws surrounding drunk driving. Between driver education and public awareness campaigns, it is hard to imagine that a driver would not know this at least. However, knowing exactly what may constitute drunk driving or what the penalties for an arrest in New Jersey may be is another thing.

According to the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher can result in a driver being identified as intoxicated and therefore able to be arrested for driving while under the influence. However, what many people may not realize is that they may still be arrested even if they have BAC levels below 0.08 percent.

The law recognizes that a person may be impaired and unable to safely operate a vehicle even with a BAC below the legal limit. Therefore, drivers should take extra caution if operating vehicles after drinking any amount of alcohol.

The State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission explains that a drunk driving conviction can result in a myriad of penalties. The financial consequences may extend beyond the fines and include payments to the state's Intoxicated Driver Resource Center, Neighbor Services, a drunk driving fund and an Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Fund. A surcharge may also be incurred for several years. Some drivers may face spending time in jail and even lose the privilege of driving. The use of an ignition interlock device may also be required in order to drive again.






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