State representative Elaine Nekritz has submitted a bill which would lessen the penalties for four-time DUI offenders in Illinois, who have had their driver's licenses revoked as a result of their behavior. The new law would allow these individuals to be able to get back out on the roads - albeit on a restricted driver's permit, which dictates when and where they can drive.
Nekritz points out that many of these people are driving illegally anyway because they need to get to and from their jobs to support themselves (there are those pesky unintended consequences). The bill would allow them an opportunity to prove that they deserve another chance. The legislation would only allow these four-time offenders to apply for this permit either five years after losing their license or getting released from prison. They would also have to demonstrate that they had been sober for three years, agree to attend treatment programs, and install an ignition interlock system on their vehicles for the rest of their lives. The measure unanimously passed an Illinois House committee and is heading to the full chamber.