SPRINGFIELD – Repeat drunk drivers would now be required to install breath-checking ignition interlock devices in cars, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.
“Repeat drunk driving convictions show a clear pattern of dangerous and potentially deadly behavior on our roads,” said Sen. Barickman. “This legislation will help stop drunk drivers before they enter our roads.”
Senate Bill 627 prohibits any driver with two or more DUI convictions from operating a vehicle unless it has an ignition interlock device installed. These devices require drivers to blow into them to prove the driver is sober before the vehicle can start.
The new law also requires the devices for drivers who have been issued a restricted driving permit, if they were involved in an accident involving great bodily harm or death to another person. Drivers convicted of a DUI in an accident causing great bodily harm or death will also have to wait one year before receiving any type of driving permit.
The legislation was endorsed by the Secretary of State’s Advisory Council on Traffic Safety, of which Senator Barickman is a member.
The Advisory Council on Traffic Safety consists of ten members, including: Secretary of State Jesse White as chairman; State Senators Barickman and Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero); State Representatives John D’Amico (D-Chicago) and Mike McAuliffe (R-Chicago); Randy Blankenhorn, Acting Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation; John Balser, Acting Regional Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Lt. Bill Langheim, Illinois State Police; Deborah Hersman, President and CEO, National Safety Council; and David Bradford, Executive Director, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
“This legislation and the council that inspired it show that we can make great strides when we work together in bipartisan fashion,” said Senator Barickman. “This legislation is the type of common sense proposal that can truly make a difference.”