New Mandated Sensors for Drivers Convicted of DUIs

Motorists convicted of drunken driving in Illinois will have to blow into device to prove their sobriety every time they get behind the wheel come January 1, 2009. If the driver fails to blow into the device their car will not start. The restriction is part of a new law that is a huge Illinois crackdown on drunk drivers. The measure is one of the strictest in the nation and is aimed at first-time offenders convicted of driving under the influence. Those convicted will have 14 days to get a breath-alcohol ignition-interlock device installed in their vehicle’s dash. If the driver has a blood-alcohol content above .024 the engine won’t start. Those with multiple DUI convictions previously could have been ordered to install the device. This legislation could affect as many as 40,000 offenders a year. Sponsors responded to a concern from Mothers Against Drunk Driving that alcohol-related crashes and arrests had stopped declining in recent years, thus the group argued that technology could be used to get more drunken drivers of the roads. Last year in Illinois, there were 508 deaths from car crashes involving alcohol. Other states who have implemented this legislation have found a decrease in their alcohol-related traffic fatal car crashes. To read the full story, click here.

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