SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - A new policy for first-time drunk driving offenders in Illinois is having a positive impact, according to Secretary of State Jesse White.
There are about 11,000 Illinois vehicles equipped with the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices, BAIID for short.
“You blow into a tube, if alcohol’s detected, the car won’t start and then, of course, I have to make sure the right person is blowing into the tube so we’ve installed a camera in every car,” White explains.
In case that isn’t enough, there’s another safeguard. At certain intervals down the road, the device beeps again, demanding another breath test.
White says the recidivism rate for drunk drivers has dropped by 67 percent since the devices were installed. Those who have a BAIDD device and fail the interlocking test must use the device for an additional three months.
The devices cost users $1,500 the first year.