Illinois Latest to Propose Ignition Interlocks for All Drivers Convicted of DUI

By Mary Ann

The Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation requiring first time DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.

Several states have proposed universal interlocks Arizona and New Mexico have already signed bills into law requiring interlocks for all drivers convicted of DUI.

An ignition interlock prevents a driver from starting or continuing to operate a vehicle if a breath test registers a preset blood alcohol level (BAC).

Under the Illinois bill a convicted DUI offender who fails to install an interlock would be charged with a Class-4 felony, mandating a minimum 30 days in jail.

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