Recently, the New Jersey state Senate took a tough stance against drunk driving accidents, voting to require that ignition interlock devices be installed in the vehicles of first-time drunk drivers. The bill replaces the total suspension of a driver's license with a penalty of requiring the ignition interlock device to be installed in their car for a period of three to twelve months. The bill is an effort to combat the prevalence of drunk driving accidents, and there is data available to back up the assertion that these devices prevent DUI accidents and save lives.
A 56-year old Washington Township, New Jersey, man was recently sentenced to 270 days in jail for causing a DUI accident that left the victim with severe injuries and a permanent disability. The car accident occurred when the man failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle being driven by the victim while trying to turn left into a motel parking lot. The motorcycle drove right into the side of the man's pickup truck, causing the victim to suffer broken bones and hemorrhaging of the brain. The victim suffered permanent injuries as a result of the accident and now walks with a limp and a cane. Toxicology results showed that at the time of the accident, the man's blood alcohol content was over three times the legal limit for drivers. The man pled guilty to third-degree assault by auto and drunken driving, and in addition to receiving a jail sentence, had his driver's license suspended for two years, was placed on probation for five years and must pay restitution to the victim for his medical expenses.