First-time DUI offenders to install device in car

October 28, 2008 4:58:49 PM PDT
Highway safety officials in Illinois are preparing to enforce the state's new DUI prevention program.The new law will take effect January 1. it requires all first-time DUI offenders to have what's called a breath alcohol ignition interlocking device installed in their car. The driver must blow into it to start the vehicle.

If blood alcohol concentration is above a preset level, the vehicle will not start.

"The person who has the device can drive that car and that car only. You are in violation of the law if you're caught driving using someone else's car without that device installed in your vehicle," said Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State.

The DUI offender pays up to $1,500 to have the device installed on their car.


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