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Cameras added to new breathalyzer ignition devices in IL


Drunk drivers in Illinois will have a tough time starting their engines with a new law making it harder for repeat offenders to drink and drive.

Illinois now requires anyone who has a breathalyzer ignition device to have a camera installed, too.

These breathalyzer ignition devices are hardwired into the vehicle.

Before you can start the car, you have to blow and hum into it.

And the device decides if you're sober or not. If you don't pass, installation expert DJ Peters says it won't start.

"It's got infrared on the top. It's actually taking the temperature off your cheek and taking pictures as well making sure you are the appropriate driver when you start your vehicle," said Peters.

Before these cameras were introduced, Mothers Against Drunk Driving advocate J.T. Dozier says drunk drivers could simply have someone else blow into it to get on the road.

"This way we're going to know whose breath is being tested and know what their BAC limit is to make sure they can drive home safely," said Dozier.

Peters says the camera will only allow the car to start for someone in its system.

"This is pretty much a 100 percent for sure thing," said Peters. "It's you doing it. And it's not going to let you cheat the system."

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