Repeat drunk drivers will be required to install breath-checking ignition interlock devices in cars under legislation signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.
Senate Bill 627, sponsored by Republican State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), prohibits any driver with two or more DUI convictions from operating a vehicle unless an ignition interlock device is installed. The breathalyzer equipment connects to a vehicle’s ignition and requires the driver to exhale into the device. If the breath-alcohol concentration is determined to be beyond the programmed state’s legal limit, the vehicle’s engine cannot be started. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2016.