For residents in Illinois who have been convicted of an offense for driving under the influence of alcohol, losing their driving privileges can represent a major hardship. It can impede their ability to get to and from work, to get medical care when needed and to take care of their children or other family members. The state does offer some programs via which people can regain the ability to drive and these involve installing breath alcohol ignition interlock devices.
According to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State and CyberDriveIllinois.com, an estimated 12,000 people in the state use BAIIDs to be able to legally drive after a drunk driving conviction. For people who have been convicted of a first-time DUI, they may get a Monitoring Device Driving Permit that, along with the installation of the BAIID, allows them to drive any vehicle with the BAIID installed with no further restrictions.
For people who have been convicted of second or subsequent DUI offenses, they may get a Restricted Driving Permit that, along with the installation of the BAIID, allows them to drive at specific times.
Ax explained by Intoxalock, a manufacturer of IIDs, these devices maintain a lock on a vehicle's ignition. Before starting the vehicle, a driver must pass a breath test using a device connected to the vehicle's ignition. Subsequent tests will be required at random intervals while actively driving. If one of these tests is failed, certain alerts may sound and the vehicle's lights might flash until a driver stops the vehicle.