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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


BAIID-BREATH ALCOHOL IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE A new Illinois law has made it possible for first time DUI offenders to be able to continue to drive instead of losing their licenses. About 3,600 Illinoisans accused for the first time of drunken driving are seeking to take advantage of a new law that allows them to get behind the wheel again as long as they install a device in their cars that measures their sobriety. The device costs $100 to install and $110 a month to rent and for the state to monitor. My first thought was that an offender who has a BAIID installed in their car would just have someone else blow into the device for them but The Secretary of State’s web site explains how the BAIID prevents that. “The device requires an initial blow from the offender to start the car. Following that, the device will require breath samples at random intervals throughout the offenders trip. Thus, preventing someone else from blowing into the machine to get the car started.” About 50,000 people a year are arrested statewide for drunken driving, and about 40,000 of those arrests of are first-time offenders, said Henry Haupt, a spokesman for the secretary of state's office. The Chicago Tribune quoted, Harold Wallin, a Chicago attorney who represents about 175 clients a year accused of drunken driving. Wallin said he thinks the new law helps first-time defendants resume some sort of normal life by letting them drive. But only about half of Wallin's clients, most of whom are first-timers, get the device. That means they opt to not drive for up to a year. The device is "expensive and it's embarrassing for people," Wallin said. "It's humiliating to have that device in their car." So fifty percent of Wallin’s clients find it “humiliating” to have a BAIID device? Isn’t it more humiliating and embarrassing not to be able to drive? Too expensive? While adding an expense of $110/month to someone’s budget might be tough, the offender found enough money to spend to get drunk! State Rep. Jack Franks told me,” I think it is a good law. One that I voted for. A number of years ago I tried passing a bill that would require repeat DUI offenders to have an orange license plate placed on their cars so they would be easily identifiable from a distance. The members of the legislature at the time thought it would be too stigmatizing. Too stigmatizing? We are talking about repeat DUI offenders, maybe some humiliation and embarrassment is needed to help keep them sober.” Maybe the installation of a BAIID device will cut down on drunk driving, I don’t know. I have an easier solution that is not humiliating, embarrassing or expensive—just don’t drink.


  1. Blog Follower Teresa wrote:

    "Interesting read: recently we had a wonderful person pass because of a
    drunk driver....my thought is; drink if you want, drink a lot if you want, drink until you black out - stay the fuck away from driving a
    vehicle. This women left behind 2 kids who I am sure will suffer with pain of this loss for a long time. This took place in IL and happened about 2weeks ago. I am researching to find out if this was a first time offender"

  2. Instead of passing a law and treating these individuals like they are children, why not punish them. If these drunk drivers were properly punished there would be no need for BAIID. Individuals licenses should be suspended for a certain amount of months or years or they should serve jail time Why coddle these drunk drivers? To make matters worse, according to some having BAIID is humiliating to the drunk driver; these people are not even grateful for this. Stop coddling people who break the law and punish them accordingly. As you can see anything beyond hardcore punishment brings up questions like: what about the person’s feelings?

    1. read something...licenses are suspended and people do serve time my license was revoked for 5 yrs and spent a week in county jail, no accidents no one hurt I am 5'8" 155lbs if I have two beers in an hour I am at .08 thus my two duis when I was 21 and 22. now seven and half years later at age 29 with no violations or problems of any kind I still don't have my license back and still have a baiid device in my car...please explain to me why after serving jail time and teo and a half years longer than my revocation period I should be grateful for the baiid device? and you want me to have to get a special different colored license plate for life also? you are sick in the head. here's a fun fact for ya almost 80% of vehicle deaths are caused by speeding so how about we fuck up the lives of everyone with two speeding tickets? i'm not even complaining about the initial punishment although I do disagree with the fact that you can get a dui even if you pass the field sobriety tests and only had two beers, what my complaint is is that that the state continues to make me pay into their bullshit program and won't let me move on with my life and that this is still apparently not enough for you psychos. get real there are bigger problems.

    2. Agreed 150%. IID is also dangerous to operate while driving, not unlike texting and driving which is, in most states, illegal.

  3. I beleave that in the near future you will see a change at the Federal leval when it come to interlocks.There is currently a bill to mandate all states have a Interlock program. You can find more information on this at Illinois baiid Inc. Located at http://www.baiids.com

  4. As a repeat offender, I can tell you that the laws are definitely tough enough! Considering that I had to take a class 4 felony and give up my gun rights even though there were no traffic accidents. I pray all you do-gooders out there who take such a high road don't ever have to go through what I have. It amazes me that those of you who bash people, like myself, are the first ones to have 2 glasses of wine at dinner and then get in your car and drive home! Guess what? You're just as guilty as those who got caught!
    I have almost 6 years of clean time now but will live with this on my record the rest of my life and as far as orange plates go? I will move out of this state before I let some ignorant retard cost the state even more money to degrade and humiliate me for mistakes from my past!
    Here's another thought, why don't you all start going to church and confess your own sins instead of screaming about those people who are deserving of a Baiid device to prove that they have reformed their life? Really, ya'll need something better to blog about , like your own damn imperfections that you hide from all your neighbors.

  5. Kathy's reply to the anonymous comment above:

    (1) You must be ashamed of your drunk driving problem or you would have given your name instead of posting anonymously.

    (2) You are a repeat offender--exactly the type of person who needs to have their driver's license totally taken away.

    (3) I can bash anyone I want to about drinking because I hate alcohol and never drink, so I am not a do-gooder.

    (4) I am Jewish, so I don't attend church.

    (5) I do not hide my imperfections. I have written a number of blogs about my flaws.

    1. You STILL come off as HUGELY self-righteous....and I'm also a regular attndee of my synogogue!

    2. If you are jewish, go back to Israel.
      We need Hitler in this country to get it back on track.

  6. there is concern about the potential backlog of people attempting to have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars. According to the Washington Post, the new law will quadruple the number of people required to install the device to more than 18,000. Although there are now four interlock vendors in the state, up from one when the program was first launched, the new law may result in lengthy delays in people’s ability to obtain a restricted license.

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