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Understanding Illinois’ ignition interlock device laws

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Posted on December 31, 2021

When you receive a conviction for driving under the influence in Illinois and wish to seek driving relief, you must install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device on any vehicle you drive, if granted it. The device makes it so you have to submit a suitable, alcohol-free breath sample before you may drive your car. It also snaps a photo of you while you do so to make sure it is you and not someone else supplying the sample.

Use of a BAIID is necessary if you wish to seek what some call a “hardship license” following your DUI conviction. Such a license may enable you to go to and from work, allowing you to hold down a job, among other benefits, during some of your suspension period.

The Monitoring Device Driving Permit

As a first-time DUI offender seeking driving relief after your conviction, you must secure a Monitoring Device Driving Permit before you may get back out on the roads. The next step involves having the ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. The device then reports any violations, which might include attempts to drive under the influence or attempts to tamper with the device, to the office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

The Restricted Driving Permit

You also need to have a BAIID installed in your car if you wish to obtain a Restricted Driving Permit in Illinois. This type of permit gives second- or third-time DUI offenders a way to potentially drive with certain restrictions in place.

Please note, too, that you are responsible for financing the costs associated with the installation, monitoring and maintenance of your BAIID.