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How Much Does a BAIID Cost?

Updated on March 28, 2024 → Under

A BAIID, which stands for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device, is a device installed in motor vehicles to prevent drivers from operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It requires the driver to provide a breath sample before starting the car and intermittently during their journey. The cost of a BAIID can vary depending on several factors.

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Can You Still Drive After a DUI With a BAIID?

Illinois DUI laws have changed. Drivers can now get a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDPP) during the statutory summary suspension of their license.

To qualify for this restricted driving permit, drivers must be first-time DUI offenders with no prior suspensions, or supervisions in the last five years. The MDPP lets them keep driving during the suspension. The suspension period is six months for drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC)  over 0.08 or who test positive for drugs.

But the MDPP has costs. The application fee is $30, and drivers have to pay for a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installation fee, rental fees, and monthly monitoring in their vehicle.

Installation Costs Initial Fees 

In Illinois, if you plan to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) after being convicted of a DUI, you should be aware of the associated average costs. These costs include upfront fees for installation as well as initial fees required to activate the device.

a man pulled over for driving under the influence

The installation cost can vary depending on the provider and device costs, ranging from $100 to $200 on average. This cost covers labor and equipment for the installation.

Additionally, there are one-time payments for administrative fees and setup charges, which typically range from $50 to $100. These fees cover administrative tasks and activation of the BAIID.

Monthly Monitoring Fee 

In Illinois, along with installation costs and fees, there are monthly costs. The monthly fee can range from $80 to $150 depending on the provider. Ignition interlock device costs can vary depending on the case and there may be additional fees. 

Financial Assistance

Illinois understands the financial burden of installing and maintaining a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID). This device prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has breath alcohol content and is often required for DUI offenders.

Illinois offers financial assistance programs for ignition interlock costs. The Indigent Program helps low-income individuals who can't afford installation and monitoring period fees. Eligibility is based on income guidelines.

The Reduced-Fee Program offers reduced fees for those who don't qualify for the Indigent Program but still need help. To apply, individuals must submit income and household information and supporting documents via an online form to the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

Additional Fees and Costs 

While the BAIID's main purpose is safety while enabling driving privileges, there are additional fees to consider. Installation location costs range from $100 to $200, and during the period of suspension, there are also monthly monitoring fees of $50 to $100. These fees cover device maintenance and accuracy during this time period.

Removal Charges 

When it comes to removing the BAIID from your vehicle, on average, these charges in Illinois range from $50 to $100.

Requirements For Installing A BAIID

A Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is a device that prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver's breath alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds a certain limit. BAIIDs are typically required for individuals who have been convicted of drunk driving or other alcohol-related offenses.

To install a BAIID, several requirements need to be met :

  1. The individual must have a valid driver's license.
  2. The vehicle in which the BAIID will be installed must be registered and insured.
  3. The individual must provide proof of enrollment in a DUI education or treatment program.
  4. The individual must pay any necessary fees associated with the installation and monitoring of the BAIID.

What Happens If You Fail a BAIID Test?

If you fail a BAIID test in Illinois, it indicates that you have registered a BAC above the allowable limit set by the device. The consequences of failing a BAIID test can vary depending on the circumstances and the terms of your court-ordered or statutory BAIID requirement.

a car key, gavel, and alcohol on a table

Typically, failing a BAIID test may result in immediate consequences such as:

  1. Temporary Lockout: The BAIID device may temporarily prevent you from starting your vehicle or continuing to operate it if you fail the test.
  2. Violation Report: The failed test is usually reported to the appropriate authorities, such as the court or the Secretary of State's office, which may lead to further legal action.
  3. Court Appearance: You may be required to appear before the court to address the violation, potentially facing additional penalties or sanctions.

It's essential to consult with a qualified attorney familiar with DUI laws and BAIID requirements in your jurisdiction to understand your rights and legal options if you fail a BAIID test.

Illinois Indigent Ignition Interlock Program

The Illinois Indigent Ignition Interlock Program helps low-income individuals in the state who can't afford the costs of a breathalyzer device after a DUI conviction. They provide financial assistance to cover installation and maintenance expenses.

To be eligible for the Illinois Indigent Ignition Interlock Program, individuals must meet certain criteria, including:

  • Having a valid driver's license in the state of Illinois
  • Being unable to afford the costs associated with the BAIID
  • Meeting income requirements set by the program
  • Having been convicted of a DUI offense in Illinois

How do I get an MDDP and BAIID device?

To drive safely after a DUI, get an MDD (Monitoring Device Driving Permit) and a BAIID (Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device).

To obtain an MDDP and BAIID device, individuals must follow these steps:

  • Serve a suspension period before being eligible for MDDP and BAIID devices.
  • Apply for an MDDP by contacting a Secretary of State Hearing Officer or submitting the required paperwork to the Secretary of State's office. Provide proof of enrollment in a DUI education or treatment program and pay the fees.
  • To fulfill the requirements of the MDDP, individuals must schedule an appointment with an approved BAIID vendor to have the device installed in their vehicle. The vendor will then provide instructions on how to use it.
  • MDDP and BAIID users must go to scheduled appointments at the vendor's location to download and review BAIID device data.
  • You must complete a required DUI program, which may involve classes or counseling sessions to address alcohol issues.
  • Participants are required to strictly adhere to all program guidelines, which includes refraining from tampering with or attempting to bypass the BAIID device. Noncompliance with program rules may lead to additional penalties and consequences.

Contact Dohman Law Group for more information.

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