On August 22, 2014, Governor Quinn signed off on an amendment to the Illinois vehicle code allowing driving permits for DUI offenders who do not injure anyone else. IL HB 4304 provides that drivers who injure themselves but not another person while driving under the influence are now eligible for monitoring device driving permits.
Many more DUI offenders will now be eligible to drive again after having a breath alcohol interlock device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle, so long as they did not cause personal injury to another person as a result of the DUI. The change to the law is designed to provide a measure of leniency to those DUI offenders who don’t hurt others while retaining most penalties for the offense.
Daniel J. Reynolds is a lawyer at Brinkoetter, Hassinger & Strobach, a Decatur, IL law practice.