For drivers in Illinois, a fourth-time driving under the influence (DUI) conviction meant an automatic and permanent revocation of their driving privileges. Recent action taken by Governor Rauner, however, is looking to change that regulation. Starting 2016, people who have lost their licenses after a fourth DUI conviction will be able to apply for a restricted license, if they meet certain criteria:
- Lifestyle improvement: Evidence of alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle for at least the last three consecutive years.
- Ignition interlock device: Any vehicle they operate will need to have a mandatory ignition interlock device (IID) in place.
- Necessary tasks: The restricted license would only allow them to drive during certain hours of the day to certain places for certain purposes, such as driving to and from work.
Failing to comply to any of the above requirements would, or receiving another DUI conviction, would reapply the permanent driver’s license ban on the individual.
For Better? Or For Worse?
People opposing the decision believe that intoxicated drivers are too large of a danger to the commonwealth to be given any leniency. They fear that even with IIDs in place, they will find a way around the system and possibly cause serious injury or damage to innocents on the road.
Those in favor of the decision see matters a little differently. In today’s day and age, it is difficult for just about anyone to complete daily tasks without the use of an automobile. If a driver can show solid evidence of behavioral correction, they should be permitted to use a vehicle, proponents argue. Furthermore, most IID systems come with monthly taxes for upkeep and maintenance purposes; revenue generated by these new IIDs would go right back to the state, whereas keeping them off the streets makes them less-productive citizens.
Here at Johnson Law Group, our Bloomington DUI attorneys believe it is important to uphold and protect the rights of the criminally accused, regardless of the severity or complications surrounding their case. If you have been arrested for a first, second, third, or even fourth DUI in Bloomington or Normal, Illinois, you should call toll-free at 309.565.8825 today to request your free case evaluation with our team, or visit our driver's license reinstatement website for more information about how our attorneys can help you get your license back. Using our 50+ years of combined legal and trial experience, we are confident we can be the legal solution you need!