The story of a recovering alcoholic who wants to help others inspired a bill to allow repeat drunk-driving offenders to obtain a restricted driving permit. “These people are driving anyway,” said the sponsor, State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook). “They’re driving to and from work if there is no other way for them to support themselves. This gives them at least the opportunity to drive legally.”
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“Driving is a privilege and not a right,” countered State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo). “I’m very concerned that if we would be sending a message that after four DUI’s in a certain amount of time, we’re still going to allow you to get a restricted driving permit.” Nekritz’ bill set a number of restrictions, including administrative hearings and lifetime use of the BAIID, a device which locks the ignition until the driver blows a clean breath into it. HB 1568 failed to pass the House, 38-78.