A DUI conviction in Illinois comes with a myriad of consequences, including hefty fines and possible suspension of your driver’s license. A suspended driver’s license is a huge inconvenience for many people, as people rely on their cars to get them to school, work and other critical errands. Ignition interlock devices can help with these types of situations for drivers convicted of a DUI in Illinois and in several other states throughout the nation.
If you are a first-time DUI offender, you must get a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed in your vehicle with an attached dashboard camera. First-time offenders also have the option of getting an ignition interlock device installed during the statutory summary suspension.
What are ignition interlock devices? A certified ignition interlock provider center installs these small machines directly into the ignition system of your vehicle. Before you can start your car, you must submit a breath sample into a tube connected to the device, which will measure your blood alcohol content level. If it reads at or above the preset limit, which is .025 in the state, the car will lock and you will have to wait a period of time before you are able to try to restart it. Once the vehicle is going, you must continue to submit breath samples periodically during the drive. If you miss or fail a rolling retest, the car will slowly come to a stop and turn off.
The device records all information, including the following:
- The dates and times of start-up attempts
- Failed attempts
- BAC levels during tests
This data is transferred to law enforcement during required maintenance appointments, which occurs every 60 days.