Illinois Using New Technology to Fight DUI

The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is used to allow eligible DUI offenders the ability to drive so long as they do not have any alcohol on their breath. On July 1st, 2013, Illinois began requiring the installation of a camera in the vehicles of individuals required to use a BAIID. Nearly 11,000 motorists in Illinois are required to drive while using the device (either while on a Monitored Device Driving Permit (MDDP) or a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP)). The yearly cost is estimated around $1,500.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, 3,000 of these drivers receive violations each year after the device detects alcohol. The Secretary of State claims that an additional 25% provide letters claiming that they were not the individual behind the wheel at that time of the violation. By adding cameras, the Secretary of State believes they will no longer have to make a judgment call. The data stored in the device is transferred to the Secretary of State for review every 30-60 days. If the data shows a BAC reading of .05 or more, the motorist will receive a request for explanation. The cameras are raising significant privacy concerns for those motorists required to use the new technology.

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