Tough New DUI / Drunk Driving Law In Illinois

Mar 16, 2009 @ 09:16 AM — by Myles L. Berman

In Illinois, starting in 2009, people arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving can now apply for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) which will allow a first time offender to drive 30 days after a DUI / Drunk Driving arrest for work, school, family reasons, and under a limited number of other circumstances. In order to receive an MDDP, the driver must pay for and install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device in a vehicle they with to drive during the period of the MDDP. There is an exception for an employee owned vehicle. If the driver allows someone else to "trick" the device by having someone else blow into it, the driver can face a felony prosecution which carries a state prison sentence of up to 3 years and a substantial fine.

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