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White: Four DUI’s Sounds Like a Lot

White: Four DUI’s Sounds Like a Lot

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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.

 

 

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