Cameras Added to Ignition Interlock Devices in IL

June 8th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

According to an article in the Sun Times, a new rule regarding ignition interlock devices will go into effect in Illinois on July 1st. Currently, drivers who wish to continue driving after a DUI arrest can opt to have an ignition interlock device installed into their vehicle. The driver must blow into the device, and if there is any alcohol on the driver’s breath, the vehicle will not start. The new rule also requires a camera to be installed into the vehicle, to ensure that the person who takes the breathalyzer is the same person who drives the car.

NicoleSupporters of the device include Susan McKeigue, the state director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who said, “There are so many people who try to defeat the devices. Anything that helps keep them honest, we’re in favor of.”

However, not everyone thinks that adding the camera is a good idea. Not only does the extra equipment raise the price of installing and borrowing the device, limiting the number of people who can afford it, it is also seen as an invasion of privacy.

Donald Ramsell, a DUI attorney based in Wheaton, Illinois, said, “It’s just another creep into the invasion of privacy of drivers. You literally have Big Brother sitting in the car with you.” Ramsell explained that because of the position of the camera, the front seat passenger or other passengers in the vehicle may be in the images too. “It’s a subtle crossing of the line, but it’s a momentous one”, said Ramsell.

If you’ve been arrested and accused of driving under the influence, installing an ignition interlock device is one way to retain your driving privileges when your license is suspended. However, Ramsell and others have argued against camera requirement because most interlock devices require periodic breath tests while driving.

Ramsell said, “Is your friend going to sit in the car and keep blowing into the tube so you can drive drunk?”

Donald Ramsell is a highly qualified DUI attorney in Illinois. He will help you fight for your rights if you’ve been accused of driving under the influence. Click here to contact him today!


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