Illinois Introduces New DUI Measures
One of the first concerns that people have after being arrested for driving under the influence is losing their driving privileges. In Illinois, first time offenders will now be eligible for limited privileges within their 30-day suspension provided they register to have a breathalyzer installed in their vehicles.
As soon as an offender has the device installed in their vehicle, they are given permission to drive at certain times. According to attorneys, this is a better way to regulate drinking and driving without making it impossible for those who rely on their transportation to take care of themselves and their families.
Prior to 2009, anyone who desired driving privileges, albeit restricted, during their 30-day suspension had to file an appeal. Even though the technology has been available for years, people have been unable to utilize it. The new law aims to remedy that and make it easier for people to get to and from work, school and doctor’s appointments.
Drunk driving is 100% preventable, according to authorities, and it often leads to disaster. Authorities are looking for ways to curb the crime without overly punishing those who have made a single mistake or punishing family members who had nothing at all to do with the crime.
The effect of the new law won’t be seen for several months, even years, but it is assumed that it will have a positive effect on the person arrested. Allowing people to choose to breathe into a tube to have their driving privileges restored will make it easier for those who are guilty of poor decision making to continue earning wages and taking care of their loved ones.