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NTB Recommends BAIID for All Convicted First-Time DUI Offenders

September 4th, 2013 at 11:12 am

The National Transportation Board (NTB) recommends that all first time offenders convicted of drunk driving should have ignition interlock devices installed in their vehicles.  Officially referred to as Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), it is a breath-testing device that a driver must blow into before starting the vehicle. If the reading exceeds a certain blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level, the vehicle won’t start. According to the NTB, only seventeen states currently have the requirement for first-time offenders.

KerryThe board did a study of wrong-way crashes. Crashes where the drivers were going the wrong way on highway access ramps or cross over the median to go the wrong way on highways were in this category. Although relatively rare, these crashes are usually fatal. The study concluded that there are approximately 260 fatal wrong-way crashes per year, resulting in approximately 360 deaths. Drunk drivers caused sixty percent of these crashes.

In Illinois, any first-time DUI offender who wishes to obtain and is eligible for driving relief during the period of statutory suspension is required to have a BAIID installed in their vehicle. If a person has declined the install of a BAIID and is caught driving during suspension, the person is considered guilty of a Class 4 felony. Penalties include possible imprisonment of 1-3 years, a minimum 30 days in jail or 300 hours of community service, and fines up to $25,000.

The offender is responsible for all fees for installation and monitoring of the BAIID. There are several vendors available to choose from, each with varying fee amounts. However, the average cost of the installation is about $80. There is also a monthly fee to rent the device, which is also about $80 per month. And the Secretary of State’s office, which runs the BAIID program, charges a monthly monitoring fee of $30.

Being convicted for driving under the influence can be costly, both financially and personally. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, contact an experienced DuPage drunk driving attorney to defend you.

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