- Associated Press - Monday, August 31, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois will begin putting ignition locking devices on the vehicles of drivers with two or more drunken driving convictions.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review (https://bit.ly/1hrULGf ) reports that the ignition interlock devices require drivers to blow into them to prove the driver is sober before the vehicle can start.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law last week. The new law prohibits chronic violators from operating any vehicle unless the device is installed. But it also eliminates the period of time in which the offender cannot drive.

“Repeat drunk driving convictions show a clear pattern of dangerous and potentially deadly behavior on our roads,” said state Sen. Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican who co-sponsored the law. “This legislation will help stop drunk drivers before they enter our roads.”

Supporters of the change said when DUI offenders have a suspended license, they often drive anyway. So this law will allow the offenders to drive but in a controlled manner. However drivers convicted in accidents that caused great bodily harm or death will have to wait one year before receiving any type of driving permit.

Secretary of State Jesse White, who has targeted drunken driving during his tenure in office, said he believes the law will make roads safer.

“This legislation will further strengthen our state’s DUI laws, which will make our roads safer and save lives,” he said.


Information from: Herald & Review, https://www.herald-review.com

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