Senator Barickman co-sponsors legislation to crack down on repeat drunk drivers

SPRINGFIELD – Breath-checking ignition interlock devices would be required for drivers with more than two DUIs, according to legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

“We all understand that people make mistakes,” said Sen. Barickman. “But repeat drunk driving convictions show a clear pattern of dangerous and potentially deadly behavior on our roads. We have to take every possible step to prevent intoxicated drivers from entering our roadways.”

Senate Bill 627 would prohibit any driver with two or more DUI convictions from operating a vehicle unless it has an ignition interlock device installed. The legislation 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 would also have to wait one year before receiving any type of driving permit.

The legislation is 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 Sens. Barickman and Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero); State Reps. 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.

“I’m proud to serve on this bipartisan panel to work to improve the safety of our roads for all drivers,” said Senator Barickman. “This legislation is the type of common sense proposal that puts that goal into action.”

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