Some DUI defendants qualify for a breath activated ignition interlock device (BAIID). The device allows you to drive as long as you blow into a breathalyzer. If you are intoxicated, the car will not start.

Some drivers evade this requirement by getting someone else to blow into the device for them. But no more. As of July 1, 2013, the Illinois Secretary of State has implemented new rules that require the BAIID be equipped with a camera. Each time you blow, the camera will take your picture.

Not only does the picture ensure that it’s you blowing into the device, it also eliminates false claims that some other intoxicated person tried to start your car. Any failure to activate the device is reported to the Secretary of State and can result in additional penalties.

For more information see our related posts at Illinois Driving Permits for DUI Offenders and ”I Drove Another Car!”: When You Have Violated Your Monitoring Device Drivers Permit.

If you have questions about this or another related criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)

About mdkeenan

A criminal and school law attorney with over 17 years of experience, I have successfully represented clients all over the Chicago area. My practice includes DUI, felony, criminal, misdemeanor, homicide, internet crime, retail theft, traffic offenses, cyberstalking, drug crimes, weapons violations, domestic battery and juvenile crime. I also represent families involving school cases. My clients come from all over the Chicago area including Skokie, Wilmette, Niles, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka, Highland park, Northfield, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I am a member of the ACLU and the Illinois State Bar Association. I serve as a volunteer for First Defense Legal Aid. Se habla espanol.
This entry was posted in breathalyzer/field sobriety test, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.