In the state of New Jersey, a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered intoxicated. If a driver is convicted of drunk driving, he or she may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his or her car, especially if the driver is a repeat offender. Many wonder how these devices work. Can someone else simply blow in the meter to start the car for an impaired driver? Here are some facts about these tools, what they are, how they work and why bypassing one isn't so easy.
When a driver is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, an officer can utilize field sobriety testing to look for signs of impairment. Separately, a Breathalyzer or blood test may confirm if the amount of alcohol in the person's system is above New Jersey's legal limit of .08. In those instances, the person is charged with DUI. The process when someone is suspected of being impaired by marijuana is not so simple. The standard field tests, Breathalyzers and blood tests used to prove alcohol impairment cannot prove marijuana impairment.
When someone is pulled over by police in Atlantic City due to an officer suspecting the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are certain steps the officer takes to determine the driver's level of impairment. One of these steps is field sobriety testing. There are three individual sobriety tests that make up the Standard Field Sobriety Test. When properly administered, this assessment has been found to be quite accurate in determining one's balance, coordination and other abilities.
New Year's Eve is one of the most celebrated nights of the entire year. Those celebrations often include the consumption of alcohol, so with that in mind police forces are usually fully staffed that night to deal with the elevated number of intoxicated drivers and resulting accidents. The number of drunk driving arrests is higher on New Year's Eve than most nights of the year. One New Jersey man never got to see the ball drop because he was arrested for drunk driving about three hours earlier after reportedly blocking traffic with his vehicle.
It is one of the most basic of instincts people develop as children -- to flee when facing potential trouble. Often, when a parent discovers a child holding a forbidden item, the immediate response from the child is to drop the object and run away as if the lack of his presence would indicate he was never there. These practices often follow through into adulthood. Sometimes, when an adult finds himself in a situation that could get him into trouble, the natural response is to leave the scene and hope no one knows he was there. That is what police claim a New Jersey man did last week after he was involved in a drunk driving crash.