Drunk driving offenders who use an ignition interlock to start their car now must install cameras in their car.
It’s a violation of the program for a breath alcohol ignition interlock device user to try to start their car after drinking, so they try to blame someone else, according to Rita Kreslin of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, a statewide advocacy group based in Schaumburg.
“Cameras are yet another way to ensure that BAIID are being used appropriately and to refute those who have the problem of always saying that it wasn’t me that blew into the device, it was someone else,” she said at a news conference in Chicago.
Those who have an interlock device and who do blow a positive test for breath alcohol get stuck on the program for another three months.
“The in-car camera technology provides additional accountability and eliminates any doubt that the user of the BAIID is in fact the DUI driver,” Secretary of State Jesse White said.
The interlock devices cost the users about $1,500 a year. These new cameras will add $100 or so to that.
Last year there were 3,000 instances of an ignition interlock user testing positive for breath alcohol, according to the secretary of state’s office.