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Breathalizer Devices Required for Drunk Drivers in Illinois

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Beginning January 1, Illinois motorists convicted of drunk driving will have to take a breathalizer test in order to start their car. The new law makes all convicted drunk drivers install a device in their car to determine their blood alcohol level. If it’s too high, the car won’t start.

Susan McKinney is with the Secretary of State’s office. She says despite some flaws, the law will be a big deterrent for anyone thinking of driving drunk.

McKINNEY: Is it a magical law? No. There’s not one law that’s going to end drunk driving in this country or in this state. It’s going to take a series of laws and this is another law that will curb drunk driving for this group of people.

A spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office says the law could affect 30,000 drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Driving rates Illinois poorly in its percentage of deadly alcohol-related car crashes.

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