White: Let’s Be Careful Out There

White: Let’s Be Careful Out There

It’s a holiday weekend, so you know the drill: if you are drinking, don’t drive. If you are driving, don’t drink.

Secretary of State Jesse White says in addition to the risk to person and property, driving under the influence puts you into the legal system and all kinds of expense and inconvenience. Some of that comes from the breath alcohol ignition interlock device, or BAIID.

“It costs you about $1500 a year for it to be installed,” White says, “along with … a camera will be installed to make sure that you are the right person blowing into the tube in order to start the vehicle.”

White’s office provides the following facts:

  • In 2013, 33 percent of the fatalities, six out of 18 deaths, were alcohol-related during the 4th of July holiday in Illinois.
  • In 2012, 50 percent of the fatalities, two out of four deaths, were alcohol-related. Eighty-six percent of all drivers arrested for DUI that year were first offenders.
  • According to the National Highway Transportation Administration an average of one alcohol-related fatality occurs every 53 minutes.
  • A DUI conviction can cost the driver more than $16,000 in legal fees, court costs and insurance.


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