If you are a first time DUI offender in the state of Illinois, you may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. This is because the state of Illinois recognizes that many people are reliant on their cars for work, family, and school purposes, and completely taking away a DUI offender’s license can cause undue hardship. According to the office of the Illinois Secretary of State, a Monitoring Device Driving Permit will allow first time DUI offenders who meet certain requirements to operate a vehicle 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so long as there is a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (or BAIID) installed on the vehicle.
Essentially, a BAIID will prevent a vehicle from being operated if the driver blows into the interlock device and and the device detects alcohol consumption. You are not eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit if you are under the age of 18, have received a DUI in the last 5 years, or were involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in great harm or death.
Once you have a Monitoring Device Driving Permit and a BAIID installed in your car, you may then drive wherever you wish. However, be aware that a Monitoring Device Driving Permit will not be valid until the 31st day after your statutory summary suspension has been in effect after the DUI conviction. Be aware that all fees that are associated with having a BAIID installed in your car are your responsibility. There are some exemptions that are granted if you are required to operate a commercial vehicle for your livelihood, but these depend on several outlying factors.