AAIM Governmental Affairs Committee and all those who support efforts to eliminate DUI offenses from the roadways in Illinois, HB 881 (P.A. 96-0667) was signed into law on August 25, 2009. This law shifts the financial burden of the Memorial Sign Program from the families who have suffered such a tremendous loss, to the offenders. Not only to those whose actions have led to the senseless loss of life, but to all of those who get behind the wheel while under the influence. The new law calls for an additional fee of $50 to be paid by all drivers who are found guilty or are granted supervision as a result of driving under the influence. The monies collected will be used to pay for memorial markers and to fund DUI prevention programs.
AAIM is equally pleased to announce the passage and signature into law of HB 4776 (P.A. 96 1230) on July 23, 2010. This bill provides that any individual who causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement as a result of operating a motor vehicle under the influence shall serve at least 85% of his/her sentence.
Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device – BAIID. AAIM Board Members Joel Mains and Nancy Easum worked with lawmakers to spearhead the passage and signature of HB3533 (P.A. 99-0296) effective January 1, 2016. This bill provides that the Illinois Secretary of State shall require the use of BAIID for a period of not less than five years on all vehicles owned by a person who has been convicted of a second or subsequent offense of driving under the influence, other drugs, intoxicating compounds, or any combination.
AAIM's leadership role and achievements are widely recognized. Awards include:
- Victim Service Awards from Cook County State’s Attorney as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Recognized for outstanding service in support of crime victims and victim services.
- Justice Award from the State’s Attorney of Lake County. The award is in recognition of working in the criminal justice system and whose efforts have furthered and/or improved the services for victims of crime.
- Service award from Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD) - Chicago Chapter. AAIM was recognized for service in Illinois, working to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated motorist and assisting crash victims and their families.
- The National Commission Against Drunk Driving Certificate of Commendation
- The Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry Community Service Award for Crime Prevention
- The National Safety Council Award of Honor
- Ameritech Mobile's first Governor's Heroism Award.
- The National Commission Against Drunk Driving Citizen Activist Award for AAIM's DUI Survey
- U. S. Department of Justice Certificates of Appreciation to Three AAIM Officers
- MADD awards for outstanding dedication and support to victims of DUI
- Illinois State Crime Commission Citizen of the Year Award to AAIM's Director of Victim Services
- Illinois Attorney General Outstanding Victim Advocate Award to AAIM's Director of Victim Services
- IDEA (Illinois Drug Education Alliance) Outstanding Alcohol Awareness/Education Award to AAIM's Educational Director