Illinois Ges Tougher DUI Law
MADD scores a round in Illinois. As a result of their efforts, first time DUI offenders will have 14 days to install a "breath-alcohol ignition-interlock device" in the dashboard of their car.
With the device, if a driver has a blood-alcohol content above 0.024, the engine won't start....Drivers who register a 0.08 or higher blood-alcohol level at the time of their arrest will be required to drive with the monitoring devices for five months. Drivers who refuse alcohol testing but are convicted must use the devices for 11 months.
....The gadgets also will require drivers be tested periodically while the car is running. Drivers will have to blow into the device again within the first 5 to 15 minutes of a trip, then at least twice every hour.
....Sponsors responded to a concern from Mothers Against Drunk Driving that alcohol-related crashes and arrests had stopped declining in recent years. The group argued that technology could be used to get more drunken drivers off the roads.
If a driver with a DUI conviction gets caught driving a car without the device, the penalty is up to 3 years in jail. And the cost?
The devices cost the driver $80 for installation and about $80 a month to rent. The secretary of state will charge another $30 a month to monitor drivers and administer the program.
No one approves of drunk driving. But as TChris wrote in a related post,
Attitudinal changes cannot be legislated. With education, healthier attitudes will spread over the course of time. Yet another increase in the impaired driving penalties is not an effective answer.
For more on DUI related issues, check out the excellent DUI Blog, written by DUI guru Lawrence Taylor, attorney, Fulbright professor and author of the authoritative textbooks on DUI laws. Its tagline: "Bad Drunk Driving Laws, False Evidence and a Fading Constitution." A good post debunking MADD's statistics is here. What would work better? See, the post It's Time for a Change.
Another good site: The National Motorists Association. They list their tenets and specific positions on the front page. Among them:
We support those legislative and enforcement initiatives that are effective in achieving stated goals of deterrence and removal of impaired drivers. We do not support initiatives based on revenge, political expedience, or emotional hyperbole.
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