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What is a breath alcohol ignition interlock device?

As an Illinois resident who is currently facing DUI-related charges, it is important to understand how the state treats DUI-related crimes. If you are convicted, you could face a number of repercussions outside of fines. Today, we will look into breath alcohol ignition interlock devices, also known as BAIID.

The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State has a web page explaining the purpose of ignition interlock devices. They start by stating that first-time offenders will have a BAIID installed in their vehicle. What is a BAIID, exactly? It’s a device that is meant to measure the alcohol on your breath. If it detects alcohol, you will not be able to start your car. More recent models of BAIIDs also have a camera which takes a picture of whoever is using the BAIID. This is to keep people from “cheating” by getting someone else to blow into it for them.

BAIIDs are generally used when you’re on your mandatory license suspension period. You can get driving relief by having a BAIID installed and getting a Monitoring Device Driving Permit. You will also have a BAIID if you have a restricted driving permit.

Drivers with a BAIID pay their own fees, as well. These devices cost $85 to install, $80 a month to rent, and $30 a month for monitoring fees.

This is just one of the hurdles you may be facing if you are convicted of your DUI charge. For this reason, consider contacting an attorney who will be able to represent you in court.