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Car breathalyz­er law aimed at first-time DUI offenders

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Gov. Rod Blagojevic­h on Friday signed a new Illinois law requiring first-time drunk driving offenders to install breath test devices in their vehicles and pass the test every time they try to start their engines. If the driver’s breath exceeds the alcohol limit, the alcohol ignition interlock device—which costs about $150 to install, plus monthly fees—ensures the car won’t start.

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