The new Illinois DUI law which goes into effect on Jan, 1 2009 will require an ignition interlock device to be installed on any vehicle used by a person convicted of a DUI in Illinois, even on a first offense. As one of the toughest DUI laws in the nation, this ignition interlock device requirement will replace the existing Judicial driving permit program.
The current judicial driving permit (JDP) allows those guilty of first offense DUI law violations to drive on a limited basis to work and other locations approved by a judge and the Illinois Dept of Transportation (IDOT). The new program requires ignition interlock devices that prevent your vehicle from starting if you have consumed alcohol. It tests your breath for alcohol consumption with an attached mobile breathalyser, known as a ignition interlock device (IID). The former judicial driving permit will now be a monitoring device drivers permit. If you have a monitoring device drivers permit, operating any vehicle without such a device will be a new criminal charge.
Ignition interlock devices are typically set to prevent your ignition from operating if it registers a .02% BAC. The legal limit for alcohol consumption is .08%. The devices will require occasional “rolling retests” to make sure you don’t have a drink after successfully starting your car.
The new ignition interlock device requirement will be paid for by the offender. Costs estimates are about $200 for installation, and $100/month for maintenance, monitoring, and data reporting.
If you are facing a DUI charge in Illinois, please contact out defense attorneys for a free legal consultation and case evaluation. These new laws may change how you choose to respond to a charge of DUI in Illinois. The prospect of a required Ignition interlock device and restricted monitored driver’s permit could be a problem for many people who need to drive different vehicles to make a living. This may mean that you should consider fighting your DUI charges in some cases. Please contact us for help evaluating your defense options for an Illinois DUI charge.