New law requires in-car cameras for repeat DUI offenders

By WEEK Producer

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- A new state law designed to crackdown on repeat DUI offenders has gone into effect just in time for the July 4 holiday.

Lawmakers have announced a key upgrade to the innovative breath alcohol ignition interlock device, or BAIID, program.

The new law, which went into effect July 1, requires an in-car camera installed with every BAIID device.

The driver must blow into the device, which measures the person's breath alcohol content, in order to start the vehicle.

The camera technology eliminates the possibility of someone other than the DUI offender blowing into the device to start the car.

"Cameras are yet another way to insure that BAIID are used appropriately and to refute those who have the problem of always saying 'it wasn't me who blew into the device it was someone else'," said Rita Kreslin of Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM). "AAIM believes when BAIID is being used, lives are being saved, the roads are safer and DUI recidivism decreases."

Last year, there were more than 3,000 instances where drivers failed to start their vehicles due to the device detecting alcohol on their breath.

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