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Some question reliability of the Breath Alcohol Interlock Ignition Device (BAIID)

As any lawyer familiar with Illinois DUI laws is aware, since January 1, 2009, Illinois has allowed drivers suspended for DUI to obtain a driving permit upon installation of a BAIID machine. Some commentators have questioned whether the MDDP program is effective.

The BAIID machine is part of the MDDP program. Evidence exists that the BAIID machine provides false alcohol readings caused by pizza, mouthwash, cough medicine and other substances other than alcohol. Therefore, we arguably have a program that is not only ineffective but also unfair.

The MPPD program comes into play when your license is suspended before you conclude your DUI case. On the other hand, if you are convicted of the DUI, your license will be revoked and you must have an Illinois Driver’s license reinstatement hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State.


Many drivers who require such are hearing must use a BAIID machine. The Secretary of State BAIID division has been monitoring these BAIID breath results since 1994. They are now also responsible for monitoring the readings of the BAIID machines issued through the MDDP program.

Therefore, an experienced Illinois driver’s license reinstatement lawyer is familiar with the BAIID machine and how the Secretary of State deals with it. Whether your license is revoked due to a DUI conviction or suspended because of a DUI arrest, a lawyer who is experienced with the Secretary of State driver’s license hearing process can provide you with the guidance and advice necessary to assist you through the complex BAIID and MDDP processes.