Legislation to strengthen DUI laws sent to governor’s desk

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI) – Legislation initiate by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to strengthen Illinois DUI laws has passed the state senate and has been seen to the governor’s desk for consideration.

Senate Bill 627 has five measures to increase participation in the state’s Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device program. The legislation has the support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorist and the Secretary of State’s advisory committee on traffic safety.

Proposed Measures

  • Add a signature line to the Warning to Motorists form which the driver would be required to sign.  If the driver refuses, the law enforcement officer would indicate “refused to sign.”
  • Eliminate 30-day hard time for all offenders, as well as 12/36 month hard time statutory summary suspension and one-year DUI conviction hard time for repeat offenders, provided a BAIID is installed in their vehicles.
  • Require BAIID if a person is convicted of driving on a revoked license, which was the result of a fatality.
  • Require BAIID if an offender has any combination of two or more DUI/reckless homicide convictions or statutory summary suspensions.  (Currently, BAIID is required only if offenses occurred within a 10-year period).
  • Require BAIID on a first DUI conviction that results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement.

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