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|Required BAIID Devices Aimed at Reducing DUIs in Illinois
|A new Illinois law that went into effect this year is aimred at limiting people from receiving multiple driving under the influence of alcohol infractions.
First-time DUI offenders who apply for a permit to drive are now required to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), which could limit their ability to drive. The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices are required to be in the vehicles of people convicted of DUI offenses.
The device requires drivers to submit a breath sample that the machine will process. If a driver's blood alcohol content is higher than .05, the vehicle will not start. The driver will be tested again in ten minutes, and iff the driver fails that test, the vehicle will lock the driver out for 24 hours.
Illinois State Police District 7 Safety Education Officer Jason Wilson tells WGIL, the new system provides a daily reminder to those who use it, and that DUI is an unacceptable behavior.
"I think the biggest benefit of this is the first-time DUI offender, if they were arrested that first time for DUI, they might have just made a mistake (and) that's understandable. It's not acceptable, but it's understandable. Now, this system will remind them every day for their six months to a year suspension that they're going to have with their driver's license that they made a very big mistake."
Wilson says it is solely the responsibility of the DUI violator to have the system installed and maintained. Stiffer penalties await the offender who is required to have the system in his or her vehicle but do not use it.
At lease three businesses in the Galesburg area sell and maintain the BAIID device. For a list of the local shops, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/BAIID/baiidhome.html.
|04 27 09 by Newsroom
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