In New Jersey, it is illegal for a person with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher to operate a vehicle. If they do, it is considered to be driving under the influence (DUI). If their BAC is .10 or higher, the DUI is changed to an aggravated DUI, and the penalties are enhanced. New Jersey also has a zero tolerance policy regarding drivers under the age of 21. They have a BAC limit of .02. Drivers in New Jersey who refuse the breath or drug test that determines BAC will be arrested as though they were above the legal BAC limit.
A drivers first DUI offense in New Jersey earns them up to 30 days in prison. They will also be fined from $250 to $400 and their license will be suspended for 3 months. If the charge is an aggravated DUI, then the fine is raised to $300 to $500, and the license suspension lasts from 7 months to 1 year. In addition, there are miscellaneous fees that add up to a minimum of $525, and the driver has to pay a $1,000 insurance surcharge for 3 years. New Jersey courts may also order offending drivers to use an ignition interlock device and attend intoxicated driver resource classes.
DUI / DWI facts and statistics in New Jersey
- In 2017, 8 out of the 125 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 76 out of the 21,574 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
- In 2018, 13 out of the 125 driving fatalities due to DUI / DWI were driven by drivers under the age of 21
- In the same year, 42 out of the 17,230 offenders caught for DUI / DWI were under the age of 18
source: responsibility.org, fbi.gov
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