State lawmakers are seriously considering letting four-time DUI offenders drive again. A bill passed out of an Illinois House committee 15-0. State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) is the sponsor.
“A lot of these people are driving anyway, because they have to in order to be able to support themselves and their family. Let’s give them a legal way to drive rather than have them drive without insurance and without knowing that they’re on the roads, so I think that this is a good way of making our streets safer,” she said.
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The licenses would be restricted in terms of times and places that holders could drive; they’d have to have waited five years after losing their license or getting out of jail, they’d have to demonstrate three years of sobriety, undergo alcohol treatment, and have a breathalyzer installed in their car.
According to secretary of state records, 380 Illinois residents lost driver’s licenses in 2013, mostly for fourth DUI convictions.