Illinois law taking effect in 2016 gives certain 4-time DUI offenders another chance

Among the new Illinois laws becoming active January 1st is one that will allow a four-time DUI offender to get behind the wheel and drive again.

The law — signed by Governor Rauner in August — establishes a process for the state’s nearly 5,100 four-time DUI offenders to get a restricted driver’s license. The driver must have had his or her license suspended for at least five years, have a breath interlock ignition device installed, and prove three years of sobriety to the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. One supporter of the law is Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, more than half of the state’s four-time DUI offenders reside in the Chicagoland area.