Beginning January 1st, first-time DUI offenders will be required to install an interlock device on their cars or forfeit their driver’s licenses. The law also increases the duration of license suspensions for first-time offenders. If you are found under the influence, you will now receive a six-month license suspension. If you refuse the test, you will receive a one-year suspension.

Aside from having to breath into the device to get their vehicles to start, offenders will have to pay a $30 monitoring fee as well as the charges for installing and leasing the interlock device.

*Update (11/30/2008)* An article from the Suburban News gives details on the costs and procedure for the new interlock law.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is currently pushing to have all states pass laws requiring first-time DUI offenders to install interlock devices on their cars. In Pennsylvania, MADD is promoting a similar law.

For more information, go to:

http://www.dailyregister.com/news/x1720673108/Law-requiring-interlock-devices-for-DUI-offenders-starts-Jan-1

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1306296,4_1_JO30_NEWLAW_S1.article

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