Gov. Rauner approves permits for drivers with 4 or more DUI conv - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Gov. Rauner approves permits for drivers with 4 or more DUI convictions

(Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS) (Source: Loreto Cruz KFVS)

Illinois residents who have gotten four or more convictions for driving under the-influence now have an option to get their license back.

Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law on Thursday afternoon, changing the old three-strike law, into a four-strike law.

Five years after a driver's fourth DUI punishment has been completed, they can apply for a restricted driving permit.

That's also after proving they have gone three years sober and without any sort of drug abuse.

Those with the permit would only be allowed to operate a vehicle with an ignition interlock device.

Some Illinois residents have mixed reviews.

"I don't think you should be getting your rights back if you can't withstand the laws and regulations that society puts," said one Herrin resident on Friday.

"I've had friends who were in Alcoholics Anonymous, and they've been sober for four or five years, and it's still kind of screwing them over," explained Marion resident Michael Lubis. "So if you can get it back and you've proven yourself, then i don't see why you shouldn't be able to."

 Ziegler Police Chief Ben Burkhamer said over the phone on Friday he writes a lot of "driving without a license" tickets to sober drivers with past convictions and this measure will offer a way for those drivers to get from 'A-to-B' safely and legally.

If a driver is convicted again on a DUI charge after obtaining the permit, they will be permanently barred from driving in Illinois.

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