You may be pretty displeased that you have to install an ignition interlock after your DWI arrest, but you’re not the only one.
You may have heard “Ricci’s Law” floating around and here’s an explanation to understand why it affects you.
The law is named for Ricci Branca, a 17-year old from Egg Harbor who tragically died in a drunk driving accident. The driver of the vehicle who killed Branca was not only heavily drunk at the time; he was also a repeat offender.
Ricci’s Law requires judges to issue ignition interlock devices to DWI offenders, even to first-time offenders who had a high BAC at the time of arrest. Many more NJ DWI offenders are installing an ignition interlock and this is the reason why you are required to install one, too.
It may be a hassle now, but Ricci’s Law encourages the state of New Jersey to practice safer driving habits, which benefits everyone in the long run.
Smart Start of New Jersey is here to assist you if you have been arrested for a NJ DWI and need to install an ignition interlock device. Search for a Smart Start location near you and make an appointment today!