Illinois is a five-star state when it comes to drunk driving prevention and enforcement, as recognized by Mothers against Drunk Driving. “We are increasing the amount of money that we're going to put toward enforcement the next two years,” says John Webber, interim director of the traffic safety division of the Illinois Department of Transportation, “because we know enforcement works, especially on drunk driving.”
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One of the factors in the recognition is that drunk-driving sentences include time with a BAIID – breath-activated ignition interlock device. An offender’s car would start only if he or she blows a sober breath into a straw. Webber says declining fatality numbers suggest societal norms have changed over the years, making drinking and driving unacceptable - and making it OK to give the keys to someone who is sober.