News

White: Four DUI’s Sounds Like a Lot

White: Four DUI’s Sounds Like a Lot

Photo: Associated Press

A proposal to allow four-time DUI offenders a chance to drive again is drawing mixed reviews.

The bill would make offenders wait five years after they get out of prison, but they could get a restricted license at that time. Sam Canzoneri, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving—Illinois, says this is better than saying no way, never.

“We’d rather have a BAIID device. We’d rather make sure that the motorist is at least attempting to follow the rules as opposed to circumventing the system and going out and just driving illegally,” he said.

A BAIID is a breath-alcohol ignition interlock device; it requires a driver to test negative for alcohol before his or her car will start. It is an example of the kind of restrictions that could be placed on a license. Another might be limiting driving to travel to and from work.

Secretary of State Jesse White disagrees with the idea. “I still believe that if they’ve had four bites at the apple, they should not get any more,” he said.

White is willing to keep an open mind on the bill, which has advanced to the floor in the Illinois Senate. Current law allows a restricted license for three-time DUI offenders who have paid their fines and completed their jail time.

 

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois First State in the Nation to Lock Painkiller Bottles

med bottle lock

The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

in Local

The Du Quoin State Fair is on Now Through Labor Day

du quoin

Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says it's a money windfall for the area.

in Local

Pair of House Fires Look Like Arson but Appear to be Unrelated

fire truck

SPD and SFD continue to investigate the fires which occured within 90 minutes of each other.

in Local

Judge Considers Whether to Dismiss Illinois Head-Injury Suit

ihsa

Cook County Judge Leroy Martin Jr. heard oral arguments Friday.

in Local

Ex-Washington Mayor Don Gronewald Dead at 83

wtax 011015

Gronewald, mayor of the central Illinois town from 1989 to 2001, died Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.