Allegations of drunk driving will likely lead to criminal charges, big fines and the suspension of your driver’s license. When you want to get back on the road or if you need to drive keep your job or take care of your family, you may need to participate in the Illinois Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) system.
The BAIID program confuses people, which is why it’s important to understand when the state requires a BAIID and how the system functions if you find yourself facing drunk driving charges.
The BAIID requires a test to start your vehicle
You have to install a BAIID through the Secretary of State. Not only will you have to pay to install the device, but you will likely also have to make appointments for maintenance and calibration.
The device will prevent you from starting the vehicle if you fail a breath test and will record the results of each test. Given that people have found ways to manipulate the testing system in the past, the Illinois BAIID now involves the camera system too so that the state can confirm that the person performing the test is the driver with the BAIID requirements on their license.
Even first offenders may need a BAIID
An impaired driving conviction will come with a mandatory suspension of your license. If you want to continue driving during that time, you will need to apply for a restricted license and install a BAIID. Otherwise, you’ll have to serve the suspension period without driving at all. Even a first offense could result in BAIID requirements.
Learning more about impaired driving charges in Illinois can help you assert your right and possibly avoid an expensive and frustrating conviction.