You Drink & Drive. You Lose
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[December 19, 2008]
CHICAGO -- At a news conference
on Thursday, Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois
State Police officials announced details about the "You Drink &
Drive. You Lose" campaign and efforts to keep impaired drivers off
the streets this holiday season. They also discussed the new law
that requires a breath alcohol ignition interlock device, or BAIID,
to be installed for first-time DUI offenders. This law is set to
take effect Jan. 1.
"While traffic deaths in Illinois have declined in recent years, we
are still working diligently to keep drivers safe on the road from
impaired drivers," said IDOT Secretary Milton R. Sees. "Drunk
driving is a disturbing trend that we continue to work hard to
reverse, and the new BAIID program will assist us to do just that."
The law mandates that all first-time DUI offenders who wish to
continue driving must obtain a monitoring device driving permit and
install a BAIID in their vehicle.
Sponsors of the legislation were Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago;
state Rep. Robert Molaro, D-Chicago, and Rep. John D'Amico,
D-Chicago. The initiative was also supported by Mothers Against
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office will administer
"This is a new and innovative approach to deal with a very
serious traffic safety issue," said White. "Far too many people are
killed and injured each year by drunk drivers. This law uses
technology to target DUI offenders in an effort to make our roads
safer, while posing no inconvenience to the vast majority of
Illinoisans who are safe and responsible drivers. Most importantly,
this law will save lives."
"The holidays are a special time of the year when families and
friends gather to celebrate and reflect upon their good fortunes,"
said ISP Director Larry G. Trent. "The State Police is thankful that
during 2008, the safety belt compliance rate reached 90.5 percent,
and roadways are safer this year as fatalities are significantly
declining once again."
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The new law signifies that, beginning at midnight on Jan. 1, anyone
arrested for DUI will be required to install the ignition interlock
device if they want driving relief during the length of their
driver's license suspension. In addition, the new law requires the
person to submit a breath test every time they wish to start their
vehicle and also at periodic intervals after their vehicle has been
started. Illinois becomes one of just six states mandating BAIID use
by first-time offenders.
At the news conference yesterday, the BAIID was demonstrated,
along with the effects of alcohol impairment, at a "wet lab" held in
Chicago. A wet lab is a controlled environment in which a person
actually consumes alcohol to a level of 0.08, the blood alcohol
content limit in Illinois, demonstrating the real-life effects of
alcohol on an individual's motor skills.
IDOT is supporting the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" campaign and
the new law by providing nearly $1 million in federal highway safety
funds. These funds allow state, county and local law enforcement
agencies to conduct stepped-up patrols for impaired driving. IDOT
will assist with enforcement efforts by unveiling a new "You Drink &
Drive. You Lose" commercial along with two new public service
The crackdown runs Dec. 19-Jan. 4.
For more information about impaired driving in Illinois, log onto
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]