Illinois Drivers With Multiple DUI Convictions Could Get Second Chance With New Law

Dec 29, 2015

After four DUI convictions, drivers in Illinois permanently lose their licenses. But some who fall in that group could get the chance to drive again in 2016.

Credit State of Illinois

A new law that goes into effect in January will allow those with four DUI’s on their record a chance to apply for a restricted license. To get one, applicants would have to prove they have been sober for three years. 

“Someone would have to go before a hearing officer at the secretary of state to demonstrate that they’ve turned their life around — that they’ve been alcohol or substance free,” Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz, who sponsored the measure, said. 

You might be surprised to learn Mothers Against Drunk Driving supported this change. According to the secretary of state’s office, more than 5,000 people in Illinois have lost their licenses after four DUI’s.

“The BAID device would protect against repeat offenders,” Nekritz said. “And I think for the most part, everybody would recognize that these individuals are driving anyway, so let’s try to make them as legal as we can.”

MADD says many of those convicted of DUI continue to drive anyway. By giving those drivers a restricted license, they will also be required to have devices in their cars that force them to pass a breathalyzer test before the vehicle will start.