What Is BAIID?
BAIID is the acronym for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. The BAIID Program was instituted in Illinois in 2009. This program makes it possible for many individuals, who have been arrested for the offense of DUI, to drive their vehicle without restriction, provided their vehicle is equipped with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).
In order to start your BAIID-equipped vehicle, you must first blow into the BAIID (similar to a breathalyzer), which will analyze your breath-alcohol concentration. If you have an acceptable breath-alcohol concentration the vehicle will start. While driving, you must also periodically blow into the BAIID to ensure that a sober person did not start your car for you.
Who Is Eligible For BAIID?
To be eligible for the installation of a BAIID in your vehicle, you must first apply for and receive a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). The requirements in Illinois are as follows:
1) You must be 18 years of age or older.
2) During the DUI incident for which you have just been arrested, no death or great bodily harm resulted.
3) You have not previously been convicted of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI resulting in a death.
4) None of the following apply within the last 5 years: statutory summary suspension (license suspended as a result of an arrest for DUI), DUI conviction in the State of Illinois, a sentence of Court Supervision for a prior DUI arrest in the State of Illinois, or a DUI conviction in another state.
5) Hold a valid driver’s license. If your license is invalid or suspended for any reason (other than the current summary suspension), you are ineligible for a MDDP. Individuals holding a valid CDL license may only drive a non-commercial vehicle.
6) Your MDDP may be revoked due to any conviction during your summary suspension. If your MDDP is revoked, you will have to apply and be approved for a RPD (Restricted Driver’s Permit).
7) Thirty (30) days have passed since your statutory summary suspension began. Note: Your MDDP may be revoked due to any conviction during your statutory summary suspension.
Can I Get A Work Exemption?
There are certain conditions upon which you may drive a non-BAIID equipped vehicle belonging to your employer for work purposes. In Illinois, you must provide your employer’s name, address, and phone number to the office where you applied for the MDDP. If you are eligible and have the consent of your employer, you may drive under the following conditions:
- You are not self-employed
- The business is not owned by a family member
- You do not drive the vehicle home, or drive the vehicle for personal use
- The vehicle is not specifically assigned to you
- You are only allowed to drive the vehicle during business hours
My MDDP Was Approved. How Soon Can I Drive?
If the Illinois Secretary of State approves your request for a MDDP, you have 14 days to have a BAIID installed in the vehicle you wish to drive. You may only drive the vehicle(s) in which you installed a BAIID. You will be responsible for the cost of the installation, monthly monitoring fees for the BAIID, and removal of the BAIID at the end of your statutory summary suspension.