During the period of statutory summary suspension, a first-time DUI offender may apply for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) that will enable him or her to drive anywhere, anytime as long as a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is properly installed and maintained in the vehicle. BAIID installation is also required for a driver who has two or three DUI convictions to obtain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP).
If you are currently in a situation where you are facing DUI charges or have already been convicted and are interested in applying for a Restricted Driving Permit or Monitoring Device Driving Permit, a Chicago DUI defense lawyer at our firm can help. We can offer you helpful information that will aid you in applying for a driving permit and properly complying with BAIID requirements.
What is an ignition interlock device?
This device is a type of breath test apparatus that is approximately the size of a large cell phone. The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device interferes with the vehicle's starting mechanism, only allowing the vehicle to start if a clean breath sample is administered. It may also require additional samples at random intervals after the vehicle has been started, as a way of deterring a driver from having a sober friend administer a clean breath sample so the car will start, only to then get in the vehicle and drive drunk.
The offender is responsible for paying for the installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device. The BAIID automatically alerts the Secretary of State's office if a driver attempts to tamper with the device or tries to drive drunk. A driver who is required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his or her vehicle, who is caught driving without a BAIID, may face felony charges and penalties ranging all the way up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.