October 2016 Archives

Police increasing enforcement efforts during Halloween

The Joilet Police Department is conducting a Drive Sober or Getting Pulled Over campaign from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. In 2015, there were 10,625 people killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A drunk driving accident is defined as a crash involving one person with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. In Illinois, as is the case in all other states plus the District of Columbia, it is illegal to drive with a BAC higher than .08 percent.

Alcohol-monitoring patch uses wireless technology

There may be a technological solution for Illinois residents who have a hard time monitoring their own alcohol consumption. Engineers in California have created a wearable device that can detect a person's alcohol levels and then send the information to a smartphone. If people who are wearing the device drink too much alcohol to drive safely, they will get a warning on their smartphone.

Report finds harsh consequences for drug-related offenses

Illinois residents may be interested in a report from the American Civil Liberties Union that examines how people charged with drug use and possession of small amounts of drugs are treated in the legal system. The report found that such people often end up serving long prison sentences. However, despite decades of harsh drug laws, drug use has not decreased. The ACLU says that lawmakers should decriminalize the use and possession of small amounts of drugs and focus more on education and harm reduction.

Drug court may help defendants with drug addictions

Many people who are facing drug charges in Illinois are suffering from severe drug addictions that they have never received any treatment for. In many cases, drug addicts would not be able to afford to enroll in drug treatment programs even if they wanted to. A person who is addicted to drugs may be able to receive free treatment and avoid criminal prosecution by entering a drug court.

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