The National Transportation Safety Board has called for new standards applicable to roadside drug testing devices in Illinois and across the U.S. The NTSB asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to come up with the standards and provide states with further guidance about how to deal with drug-impaired driving as more states legalize marijuana and more people abuse prescription drugs.
At about 4:31 a.m. on Aug. 11, a Peoria County sheriff's deputy spotted a car traveling at an excessive speed westbound on Plank Road. The vehicle reached speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour as it made its way to Illinois Route 116 and into Hanna City. When the vehicle eventually came to a stop, officers made contact with the 34-year-old woman driver who offered to recite the alphabet in Greek.
On Jan. 17, a fatal accident occurred around 10 p.m. in Illinois that killed a 30-year-old man. The accident happened near Godfrey. Allegedly, a 22-year-old woman made a U-turn on I-255 and began driving the wrong way.
Illinois viewers of "The Steve Wilkos Show" might be surprised to learn the gregarious host has changed his tune regarding a recent automobile crash. Last month, Wilkos was forced to temporarily suspend production of his Connecticut-based talk show in the wake of a single-car accident in which he sustained injuries. After originally stating he neglected to wear his prescription eyeglasses and was reaching for them when he lost control, he now admits to drinking and driving on the day of the incident.
For Illinois motorists, drunk driving convictions can result in serious consequences. The state has significant penalties for driving under the influence, and they escalate further for subsequent offenses after a first DUI charge. In addition, there is a growing push to lower the threshold for drunk driving charges. This could mean that it is possible to face these charges for a lower amount of alcohol in a person's blood, especially following the backing provided by a scientific panel for a lower threshold.
The bond of a 26-year-old Illinois man facing felony drunk driving charges was increased to $500,000 on Jan. 4 even though the monitoring bracelet he has been ordered to wear did not indicate that he had consumed alcohol. A DeKalb County judge decided to increase the man's bond after hearing that he had previously violated the terms of his bail and failed to appear in court on two separate occasions.
Many Illinois residents enjoy getting together with loved ones or friends to kick back and relax after work or on a weekend. In fact, you might start looking forward to your down time as soon as Monday mornings roll around. Whether you take in a show, go out to eat or imbibe a few alcoholic beverages, you're entitled to a little R & R after a long week at work. The trick is learning to balance your fun with responsible choices to avoid vehicular collisions or legal problems (or both).
Rap enthusiasts in Illinois who are following Fetty Wap's rising stardom may be interested in knowing that the artist was taken into custody in New York on Nov. 3. News sources report that the rapper was allegedly drag racing with another motorist when his 2015 Mercedes-Benz was stopped by New York City police. The American rapper is now facing 15 criminal charges, including DWI, following too closely, driving without a valid driver's license and illegal signaling.
Efforts to reduce impaired driving in Illinois and around the country often involve passing stricter laws with more severe penalties, but recidivism rates among drunk drivers remain worryingly high. Lawmakers in several states have tested the effectiveness of intoxicated driver diversion programs that allow offenders to avoid criminal penalties when they meet certain requirements, and the results have often been extremely promising.
Authorities in Illinois say that both drivers involved in a crash on Oakbrook Terrace were under the influence of alcohol when it occurred. A 20-year-old man was driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic when his vehicle collided with a vehicle being driven by a 25-year-old woman. The male driver was charged with an aggravated felony count of DWI while the female driver was charged with a misdemeanor count of DWI.