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New Illinois DUI Law

Updated: Friday, August 29 2014, 02:53 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- A new change to an Illinois law means first time DUI offenders could get back on the road sooner.
    
Governor Pat Quinn signing the law last week and now local authorities are weighing in.

As it now stands if a driver is involved in a DUI accident, but only injures themselves, they will be eligible for a monitoring device driving permit.
    
Local authorities don't expect it will have a negative effect and will only impact a very small number of people arrested for a DUI.
    
Champaign county Sheriff Dan Walsh says offenders will still go at least one month without a license before they can get the permit, something he says is a steep enough punishment for a first time offense.

"If a person learns their lesson from all this and they are able to keep their job and keep their family in financial order because they can get to and from work I think it's a good thing but the key is you've got to learn your lesson from it.  Some people never learn.  We've got people who have three and four DUI's and of course they're going to go to prison because that's the only way to protect the public."

This permit only applies when the driver's licenses are under a suspended status.
    
If the driver is later convicted of a DUI, the permit is revoked.
    
And it would be at least a year before the person could get their license back.


New Illinois DUI Law


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