Despite the many accidents and injuries that we make our readers aware of, it is refreshing to be able to relay happy news to you. Law-abiding communities ought to be commended, and we are happy to report that Illinois has been recognized for doing its part to prevent motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and deaths related to drunk driving.
Recently, according to QCOnline, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has awarded Illinois with top ratings. The organization, along with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, recently gave Illinois a 5-star rating for the state’s efforts to combat drunk driving. As a result of this rating, MADD has recognized Illinois as a national leader in the fight against drunk driving. The 2014 national and state ratings report highlighted our state’s drunk driving countermeasures, such as BAIIDs (breath alcohol ignition interlock devices) for all convicted drunk drivers.
Under Illinois’s BAIID program, first-time DUI offenders who wish to maintain their driving privileges must install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device in their vehicle. When a BAIID is installed, the motorist must blow into the device, which will in turn measure the driver’s blood alcohol content. The purpose of this device and state program is to prevent DUI offenders from driving after drinking alcohol. Last year in 2014, the Secretary of State’s office began requiring in-car cameras to also be installed with every BAIID. Since last year, over 5700 BAIIDs and cameras have been installed in vehicles. Through this program, Illinois hopes to improve accountability of those who use BAIIDs.