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Influx in installs of Breath Alcohol Ignition Devices in vehicles

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When it comes to DUI's in Illinois, it's strike one and you're out.

First time DUI offenders are required to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device installed in their cars.

Back in August of 2015, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that would allow Illinois residents who have lost their driver's license to get a restricted driving permit beginning January 1, 2016.

These people would then have a chance to get their license back, but must meet requirements such as having a alcohol ignition interlock device installed in their car.

These devices measure alcohol on the driver's breath.

Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha says DUI's are not taken lightly.

"We're going to prosecute those, we absolutely have to. The police are not going to ignore you. We've talked about being a gentler office in some aspects giving people a second chance, but there are no second chances with DUI's," stated Farha.

And while DUI's have been on a slight decline in Adams County, the need for technology behind these devices is high.

That need includes a night vision camera on the device to take pictures of the driver.

Plus, it logs heat and vibration readings.

"Every time you turn the ignition on, to taking the key out of the ignition, every time you blow, every time anything makes a beep or a signature it's recording that information and then all that information will be shipped off to the state," stated DJ Peters of Niehaus Auto in Quincy.

These ignition interlocks are required for a minimum of six months to a year after a single offense.

The driver must pay monthly costs to insure, install and monitor the device.

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