Don’t Drink and Ride

39% of motorcyclists killed in a fatal crash had a BAC of .01 or above.

Driving under the influence is a crime. Aside from concerns for the personal safety of yourself and others, there are severe legal penalties and economic consequences if convicted. It is important to know that the DUI criminal charge is prosecuted in court and driver’s license sanctions are administered by the Secretary of State’s Office. If convicted of DUI in Illinois, the following penalties apply:

 

Minimum Penalties for DUI Convictions

First

Second

Third

Loss of Driving Privileges

Minimum 1 Year

Minimum 5 Years

Minimum 10 Years

Eligible for Monitoring Device Driving Permit allowing driving relief with Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID)

Yes

No

No

Eligible for Restricted Driving Permit

No

Yes, but only with a BAIID installed in the drivers vehicle

Yes, but only with a BAIID installed in the drivers vehicle

Jail

Possible imprisonment    0-12 months

Up to 364 days jail; mandatory 5 days (or 30 days community service)

Class 2 felony with possible 3 - 7 years imprisonment. Mandatory 90 days imprisonment depending on facts

Community Service Eligibility

Up to 25 days depending on facts

30 days (or 5 days in jail)

Up to 25 days depending on facts

Fines

Up to $2,500

Up to $2,500

Up to $2,500

 

BAIID Cost

Approx. $110/month during the suspension/revocation period, plus installation fees

Approx. $110/month during the suspension/revocation period, plus installation fees

Approx. $110/month during the suspension/revocation period, plus installation fees

*An offender requesting a Restricted Driving Permit after a first conviction will be required to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in the vehicle as part of driving relief

*Beginning January 1, 2009 Judicial Driving Permits will become Monitoring Device Driving Permits (MDDP) and only vehicles equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device may be operated by a first-time DUI offender. This requirement will apply to all those wanting driving relief during the time of his or her license suspension and or revocation.

The above chart lists the major penalties for a DUI conviction. However, there can be many more consequences given the seriousness and complexity of DUI laws. For example, loss of work time, high risk auto insurance rates and meeting the requirements of the Secretary of State’s Department of Administrative Hearings prior to obtaining a restricted driving permit. A DUI offender is also required to complete an alcohol and drug evaluation and an alcohol/drug remedial education course and might be required to complete a substance abuse treatment program before driving privileges are reinstated. In addition, first time DUI offenders must drive only vehicles equipped with a BAIID device during their entire suspension period beginning January 1, 2009.

Please visit Traffic Safety’s Impaired Driving Website for more information.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation link: The Importance of Riding Unimpaired by Alcohol or Other Drugs