Governor signs bill giving DUI violators another chance

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Offenders with four or more drunken driving convictions will be able to get a restricted driving permit if they prove they are alcohol and drug free for at least three years under legislation signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The bill signed by Rauner on Thursday allows those qualified to apply for the restricted driving permit five years after revocation or release from imprisonment. Those who obtain a permit must operate a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. If the person is subsequently convicted of DUI, the permit is revoked and the person is permanently barred from acquiring a restricted permit.

The legislation was pushed by Northbrook Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, who said it’s an attempt to allow people who have redeemed themselves to move on with their lives.


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  • RD Perkins

    This is a horrible bill. Why not demand interlock systems for first offenders? Lose your child to a drunk driver and I bet you would look at this differently. A drunk driver drives impaired, on average, 80 times before they are arrested. How many chances does that give a drunk driver an opportunity to kill someone?

  • Jim

    To become eligible, they must convince an administrative hearing officer at the Illinois Secretary of State’s office that they no longer drink and that they have a hardship like the need to: (1) get to work to support their family; (2) bring their children to daycare; (3) go to school; or (4) attend medical appointments. And they risk strict punishment, including jail time in some cases, if they are caught driving apart from those four needs.
    This is not going to be easy not get. They will have you jumping thru Hoops and it will cost a lot of $$.
    You will have to get a Drug/alcohol evaluation, probably get sent to treatment, be a member of AA, get a lawyer to go to the hearing with you, get denied, pay the lawyer again, pay to get the Blow device in your car, pay to upkeep the device
    I see it being 3 to 5 thousand dollars.
    I understand we need DUI Laws but it is just a money making business for the courts, etc.
    Cops get DUI’s Kill people and get off.
    If they really wanted to cut down on DUI they would pass a law that demand interlock systems in all cars.
    But then the system would make less money