Device reduces number of drunk drivers on Ill. roads

June 29, 2011 3:16:29 PM PDT
As officers check for drunk drivers this holiday weekend, Illinois officials say one device to curb drunk driving is already successful.

The law for "Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices," or "BAIIDS," took effect in January 2009. Every first-time DUI offender who wants to continue driving must install a "BAIID" on his or her vehicle and blow into it to measure the blood alcohol content.

Wednesday, Secretary of State Jesse White, "Mothers Against Drunk Driving" and other officials announced, since the law's passage, the number of "BAIIDS" in Illinois quadrupled to 12,000 a year, rearrest rates for drunk drivers dropped 67 percent, and alcohol-related crash deaths dropped 5 percent.

White says he has now initiated a new law to streamline the BAIID program.

DUI offenders have to pay for all costs to install the BAIID devices.

Load Comments