Drunk Driving Archives

Uber driver carrying passenger charged with drunk driving

An Illinois Uber driver is facing several criminal charges including a felony drunk driving count for allegedly transporting a paying customer while under the influence of alcohol. The man's Ford Explorer SUV was pulled over by police in northern Kane County during the early morning hours of May 28. He was then placed into custody and handed charges of aggravated DUI and disorderly conduct. He was also cited for a number of traffic violations. The man's bail has been set at $10,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court again on June 28.

Know what is at stake with a DUI charge in Illinois

Like most people, you probably didn't set out to drive after you had too much to drink. In fact, you probably didn't intend to get drunk; you might simply have wanted a couple of drinks with friends or family. Regardless of your intentions at the beginning of the night, you later got stopped and arrested for drunk driving.

Drugged driving may be becoming more prevalent

Illinois motorists may not be pleased to learn that, as opioid drug abuse is becoming more prevalent in certain parts of the country, drugged driving incidents also appear to be increasing. In fact, a 2014 survey showed that the number of those who admitted to driving while under the influence of drugs was approximately 10 million.

Man in DUI fatality case gets 10 days in jail and probation

An Illinois man from Park Ridge was sentenced to 10 days in jail and four years of probation for a 2013 drunk driving accident in which a cyclist was killed. The man received his sentence after he pleaded guilty to aggravated drunk driving and reckless homicide on Jan. 27.

Woman charged with DUI after hitting school bus

On Feb. 10, a woman was charged with driving under the influence after she struck a school bus with her van. The accident took place along northbound route 32 in central Illinois while a busload of high school basketball players and cheerleaders was traveling to a basketball tournament.

Overdose deaths pose risk of high penalties for providers

For the most part in the past, Illinois criminal court judges generally applied sentences that ranged from probation to 15 years to people convicted of providing drugs to someone who subsequently died of an overdose. Now, if you share with or sell drugs to someone who takes them and dies, a court might send you to prison for up to 30 years.

Study finds sharp drop in drunken driving rate

Illinois motorists may be interested to know that data released for 2014 shows that the rate for driving while intoxicated has dramatically fallen in the U.S. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that slightly more than 10 percent of American citizens of driving age admitted to driving drunk in 2014. These statistics, which were gathered from a self-reported federal study, have reportedly not been this low for more than a decade.

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