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Four-Time DUI Offenders Could Be Back on Illinois Roads

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A new measure signed into law by Governor Rauner will allow four-time DUI offenders back on Illinois roadways.

According to the Chicago Tribune, under current state law drivers with four convictions automatically lose their right to a driver’s license. The new measure would let someone who had their license revoked apply for a restricted permit after five years. There are some hoops to jump through, of course:

An applicant would have to show “clear and convincing evidence” they have not used drugs and alcohol within the prior three years, and prove they completed a rehabilitation program. Those with more than one conviction for driving while under the influence of drugs would not qualify.

If approved for the permit, the driver would have to install a vehicle ignition interlock device, which prevents a car from starting if alcohol is detected on a driver’s breath. If later convicted of driving under the influence, the permit would be permanently revoked.

The sponsor of the legislation says she knows the measure is controversial but insists it’s necessary to help people who are trying to turn their lives around. This would allow them to apply for jobs and conduct other activities needed for a more normal life.

Supporters also have argued some people are behind the wheel already despite having no valid license.

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