On January 1, Illinois eliminated the legal requirement that anyone arrested for DUI must not drive for a minimum of 30 days. If a driver is arrested for DUI they are allowed to continue driving provided they install a breath-measuring device, such as an ignition interlock.
This change in how drunk drivers are treated has the unanimous support of anti-DUI proponents and defense lawyers. This appears to be a strange union, but they share the same interest: instead of automatically punishing a first-time offender too harshly, they believe it is best to allow drunk drivers their right to drive safely so that they may maintain a job, perform child care and other necessary duties.
While it may ensure everyone charged with DUI will drive legally, there must be something in place to monitor whether or not those charged actually install the required device. It is mandated by law. But the question is, who is going to supervise compliance?
Texas recently found itself in a difficult spot when it was revealed that those mandated to install such alcohol monitoring devices were not doing it or were driving other vehicles. A new office to monitor such individuals has since been opened.
In Illinois there is now no mandatory suspension for most first-time and repeat offenders. However, they must still apply for special permits and pay for both the electronic device and the monitoring.
Will it work? It may for some. It may not for others. It seems that it would likely work for those whose intention is to get right with the law and have no intentions of repeating an offense. As for repeat offenders? That may be another story.