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New Law Gives Chronic DUI Offenders Another Chance

Dec 29, 2015

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Some Illinois drivers who have had their licenses revoked after multiple DUI convictions could get the chance to get behind the wheel again under a law that goes into effect in January. Applicants for the restricted license would have to prove they have been sober for three years.

Those who get a license will have to install a breathalyzer ignition lock in their cars, also known as a BAID device. Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz says the new law aims to make the roads safer.

“The BAID device would protect against repeat offenders. And I think for the most part, everybody would recognize that these individuals are driving anyway, so let’s try to make them as legal as we can.”

According to the secretary of state’s office, more than 5,000 people in Illinois have had their licenses revoked for DUI convictions. Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports the new law.