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New Technology Added to BAIIDs

July 22nd, 2013 at 10:08 pm

dreamstime_xs_19051456When people are convicted of DUI offenses, law enforcement has certain ways to keep them from driving drunk again.  In 2009, Illinois instituted that breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIID) should be installed in the vehicles of parties guilty of drunk driving.

The BAIID requires that the operator of the vehicle to breathe into a device that can stop the car from working if the blood alcohol level of the driver is equal to or higher than .05 percent.  This has worked to varying degrees since the have been installed in cars, with DUIs declining overall since 2009.

Officials maintain that BAIIDs are often misused by the very people they are trying to protect.  Some previous offenders have anyone else blow into the device, including children.  Others have used tanks of compressed air in order to drive drunk.  The problem is so bad that Illinois State administrator Susan McKinney estimates that of the 11,000 drivers with BAIIDs, over 3,000 are caught trying to drive over the limit every year.

Now an attempt is being made to even stop those circumventing these ignition devices. Prior to the 4th of July celebrations, Illinois has started including new technologies in ignition interlock devices. It is a camera which snaps a picture each time the device is used, that way there is no foul play or cheating the test.

Illinois DUI defense attorney Donald Ramsell is a major opponent of this new technology.  Not only does he feel that this is an invasion of privacy but that the measure to add cameras to these devices is not supported by any evidence that proves their necessity.

If you have been pulled over under suspicion of DUI, don’t fight by yourself.  The law office of Donald Ramsell has defended over 10,000 drivers just like you.  Contact their experienced DUI defense attorneys in Wheaton who can advise you through this difficult time.

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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