Illinois is attempting to make it harder for DUI offenders to get back behind the wheel after a conviction by forcing them to add ignition interlock devices to their vehicles.
The proposal, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner late last month, would prohibit any driver with two or more DUI convictions from operating a vehicle unless it has been outfitted with an ignition interlock device. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the device, an ignition interlock system requires the driver to blow into a breathalyzer when they enter the car. The vehicle will only start if the driver’s BAC registers below the legal limit or a lesser limit ordered by the court.
“Repeat drunk driving convictions show a clear pattern of dangerous and potentially deadly behavior on our roads,” said state Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, who co-sponsored the law. “This legislation will help stop drunk drivers before they enter our roads.”
Secretary of State Jesse White lauded the measure, saying it should help make the state’s roads safer.
“This legislation will further strengthen our state’s DUI laws, which will make our roads safer and save lives,” White said.
Also Tweaking DUI Driving Period
Illinois is also slightly tweaking the license suspension period after an offender earns a DUI. In the past, a DUI offender had their driver’s license suspended for a set period of time, but oftentimes they continued to drive with a suspended license. This led to increased citations and potentially made the roads more dangerous when offenders continued to drive without a license.
Illinois has decided to do away with a set period of time in which a DUI offender can’t drive. Instead, a DUI offender will be able to legally get back behind the wheel so long as they install an ignition interlock device. The updated law will only apply to people are arrested for DUI without injury. Anyone booked for DUI that causes great bodily harm or death will need to wait at least one year before applying for a driver’s permit.
The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2016.
Related source: NWI Times