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ignition interlock device, illinois DUI defense attorneyA DUI conviction in Illinois can mean a licenses suspension of up to one year for a first offense. However, if you agree to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed in your vehicle, you can stay on the road.

How It Works

Colloquially known as a “blow and go,” a BAIID is essentially a portable breathalyzer that is connected to the vehicle’s ignition switch. A fuel cell inside the device analyzes the driver’s breath sample. If the alcohol concentration is above a predetermined level, the fuel cell triggers a relay to remain open, and the vehicle will not start. In Illinois, as in most other jurisdictions, that “predetermined level” is .025.

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The City of Des Plaines has reached an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and will be paying the agency $92,000 over some members the Des Plaines Police Department allegedly faking the numbers of DUI arrests in order to receive grant money issued by the IDOT. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the Des Plaines Police Department was awarded both state and federal grant money for both seat belt enforcement and DUI campaigns.

The IDOT grant program, the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), requires that both the numbers of DUI arrests, as well as the blood alcohol levels of those arrested, be submitted. By submitting that information, a police department is then reimbursed for equipment, mileage, and police officer overtime pay.

An internal investigation by the city revealed that some officers falsified those numbers and discovered 122 arrests submitted between 2009 and 2012 did not exist. However, IDOT awarded the Des Plaines Police Department an extra $132,893 that they would not have received without those false reports.

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