Under current Illinois DUI law, drunk driving offenders lose their ability to drive and, therefore, often tend to lose their job. This can lead to financial ruin. These people often have to jump through hoops to get reinstated, a process requiring costly attorney's fees and quite a bit of time. Permits are available, but not necessarily immediately, and the waiting period alone can cost people their livelihood.
Under the newly passed law, effective January 2016, even repeat offenders can drive so long as they have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicle, and the 30 day waiting period for obtaining a permit during a statutory summary suspension will allow them to continue to work while keeping communities safe. Additionally, permits attached to regular breath testing using ignition interlock devices are expanded for those with lifetime revocations for multiple prior DUI convictions, better assuring those driving will be doing so legally and safely.
Kudos to Governor Rauner and the State legislature for passing common-sense solutions to a problem that created a dangerous dilemma for the accused, and very often ruined lives.
Rocky Bennyhoff Reply
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at 18:15:37
Finally, maybe this state has wised up to their ridiculous laws. I live in Fayette County and only certain people are given dui’s. Many are lost in the courts depending on your political correctness or lack of. State workers are exempt from these laws in this county. When Illegal Aliens can acquire a drivers license without a social security number or background check from mexico then tax paying, working Illinois citizens should have the same right. My license is currently revoked. I just learned of this new law and still am spectical. Too much political corruption in this state.
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