New Jersey Senate takes step to curb drunk drivers
Senate bill 2427 was approved by the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, making installation of ignition interlock devices mandatory for first-time convicted DUI drivers.
The penalties for DUI offenders have been revised and the revisions include requiring installation of an ignition interlock in the motor vehicle owned, leased, or principally operated by the convicted person and the operation of such a vehicle is possible under a restricted use driving license only.
A large number of drivers drink more than 80 times before being caught by the police according to MADD. Every year in the state, the number of fatalities, injuries and accidents caused by drunk drivers is very high.
18 other states have this law and according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, Va. the number of alcohol-related fatalities and crashes has decreased up to 60 percent in 1 year.
This legislation was recommended by the NTSB to all states in December 2012. It has been reported that if this legislation is not put into practice, it will jeopardize federal highway funding for New Jersey.
In 2007, an award-winning elementary school teacher, who had 2 children, died in an alcohol-related accident by an addicted drunken driver.
A strong step was taken last week and now if the Assembly joins the Senate then it will be sent to the governor to sign the bill. Citizens can support this legislation by writing to their Assembly representative.