What Are Illinois Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIIDs)?

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In Illinois, if you are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked. However, there are several driving relief programs available to DUI offenders that can help them regain their driving privileges. A qualifying offender may be able to obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) or Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) by meeting certain criteria and agreeing to install a monitoring device in their vehicle. These devices, called Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices or BAIIDs, require the driver to submit a breath test in order to operate the vehicle. Here are some frequently asked questions Illinois drivers have about these devices:

How Do I Use a Breath Ignition Interlock Device?

Similar to a breathalyzer, a BAIID uses a person’s breath to estimate his or her blood alcohol content (BAC). If you have a BAIID installed in your car, you will need to breathe into the machine in order to start the vehicle. The device will then calculate your BAC. If your BAC is above the allowable limit, the vehicle will be “locked out,” and the ignition will be unusable for a period of time. You will need to submit additional breath samples every 5 to 45 minutes during your drive.

Can I Cheat a BAIID?

Breath alcohol interlock devices have become more and more advanced in recent decades. It is nearly impossible to trick the device. Modern Illinois BAIIDs are equipped with a camera that takes a photograph of the person during the breath test to ensure that the correct person is submitting the breath sample. You also cannot beat the device by employing urban myths such as sucking on a penny, hyperventilating, or eating certain foods before submitting a breath sample.

What Are the Consequences of Misusing a BAIID?

DUI offenders who are gaining driving relief through the use of a BAIID may face additional consequences if they attempt to cheat the devices. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office reviews BAIID information for violations. If the offender attempts to misuse or disconnect the device, he or she can face an extended suspension period, have his or her car impounded, and face other penalties.

Who Pays for a BAIID?

In Illinois, the person who has been convicted of a DUI is the one responsible for fees associated with a BAIID. The offender will need to pay for the device to be installed on the vehicle, monthly BAIID rental fees, and monthly monitoring fees. If the offender cannot afford these costs, options for assistance may be available.

Contact a St. Charles DUI Defense Lawyer

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Illinois. This type of crime may require the installation of an ignition interlock device in an offender's vehicle. If you are facing DUI charges, a qualified Illinois drunk driving defense attorney from the Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC can assist you in reducing or dismissing your charges. Call us today at 630-232-1780 to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your options.