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What Are Illinois’ BAIID Rules?

Published on March 28th, 2024

In Illinois, navigating the roads after a DUI conviction involves becoming familiar with Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Devices (BAIID). These devices are a key part of regaining driving privileges, providing a way for individuals with DUI records to drive legally once again. Understanding the BAIID process, its requirements, and its impact on a person’s life, is crucial for those in this situation.

What Is A BAIID?

A BAIID is an advanced, breathalyzer-like device installed in vehicles. It requires the driver to provide a breath sample before the vehicle can start. If the device detects alcohol above the preset limit, the vehicle will not start, ensuring the safety of the driver and others on the road.

Additionally, a BAIID, or Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, serves as a critical tool for certain drivers.

Eligibility for a BAIID: Eligibility for a BAIID installation is not universal. Typically, those who receive court supervision after a DUI are considered. The decision to implement a BAIID, governed by the Illinois Secretary of State, hinges on specific DUI-related circumstances of the driver. These include:

  • Being over the age of 18
  • Having a valid driver’s license
  • No Aggravated DUIs or reckless homicides on your record

Those who receive a restricted driving permit (RDP) will also be issued a monitoring device driving permit (MDDP) which allows the driver to pursue the installation of a BAIID device on all vehicles they own. The driver will have 14 days to do so once they receive their MDDP in the mail.

Illinois’ 5-Year BAIID Program

In Illinois, the 5-year BAIID program is a significant part of the DUI penalty system. It’s designed for individuals with certain DUI convictions, playing a crucial role in monitoring and maintaining road safety.

  • Regular maintenance and calibration of the BAIID, ensuring accurate functioning.
  • Adherence to strict protocols, with any deviation potentially leading to extended monitoring or additional penalties.
  • Possibility of an early release from the program, contingent on consistent compliance and a record devoid of violations.

What Happens When Completes Their Time With A BAIID?

Completing the mandated period with a BAIID signals a move towards normalcy in driving privileges. The removal process includes:

  • Coordination with the BAIID service provider and the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.
  • Submission of proof of adherence to the program’s requirements.
  • Fulfilling additional stipulations by the Illinois Secretary of State for complete license reinstatement, which may include further evaluations or educational programs.

An individual actively fighting for an MDDP and RDP alone is likely enduring mountains of stress. Enlisting the help of a trusted driver’s license reinstatement lawyer can alleviate some of that stress.

Driver’s License Reinstatements With Johnson & Goldrich, P.C.

In a world that heavily relies on your ability to drive, not being able to legally do so can be devastating. Opportunities for school, work, and socialization will be severely limited if a person isn’t eligible to receive driving relief due to a DUI. Our attorneys at Johnson & Goldrich, P.C. have successfully settled numerous DUI cases and helped Illinois drivers get back on the road.

If you need help with a driver’s reinstatement case, please contact our firm for a free consultation. Call us at (312) 795-1801.

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