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Southern Illinois DUI Related Safety Provisions Effective January 1, 2016

Carbondale DUI

Driving Under the Influence[1]” is defined in Illinois as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, other drugs including cannabis (marijuana) prescribed for medical purposes, or intoxicating compounds and methamphetamine. In Illinois, a driver is legally considered to be under the influence if he/she has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more, has used any illegal substance or is impaired by medication.

Marion DUI Related Safety Provisions

Illinois Senate Bill 627[2] makes several DUI related safety provision modifications to the Illinois Vehicle Code effective January 1, 2016:

  • Restricted Driving Privilege: Removes the “hard time” provisions which currently prohibit driving relief for DUI offenders and instead allows offenders to apply for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit or Restricted Driving permit with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device.

– First time DUI offenders
– Individuals revoked for DUI and those on second statutory summary suspension

  • Expansion of Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device: Requires any offender with 2 or more DUI or reckless homicide convictions to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device as a condition of a Restricted Driving Permit.  Requires, as a condition of a Restricted Driving Permit, a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, if the offender is convicted of DUI involving death, great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another.
  • Warnings to Motorist Form: Requires certain individuals suspected of consuming alcohol to sign a written warning from law enforcement to acknowledge the warning.  A failure to sign the warning cannot be used to prove that the warning was not provided.

Call a Southern Illinois DUI Attorney

If you or someone you loved has been arrested or charged with DUI, it is important to speak to the attorneys at the Lawler Brown Law Firm today to discuss all of the recent DUI safety-related changes to the Illinois Vehicle Code and how they might apply to your situation. Call today for a free consultation at 618-993-2222.


[1] https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf
[2] http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?GA=9&DocTypeID=SB&DocNum=627&GAID=8&SessionID=50&LegID=17630