When people in Illinois are suspected of driving under the influence by law enforcement, they could be given a breath test. However, that breath test might not be accurate. According to an investigation by The New York Times, over 30,000 breath tests were dismissed in New Jersey and Massachusetts after a number of problems with them were discovered.
Drivers who are charged with DUI in Illinois or any other state are not necessarily guilty of the charge. There are multiple defenses that defendants may use in an effort to obtain a favorable outcome in their case. For instance, an individual may claim that he or she was forced to drive or that he or she was not actually intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle. It may also be possible for drivers to claim that they became intoxicated against their will.
Some people in Illinois who are on low-carb diets or who have other medical conditions may have false-positive results for a blood alcohol content that is over the legal limit on some types of breath test. A Texas attorney was able to get his client's case dismissed because the man was in ketosis at the time he took his breath test.
An Illinois man had his bail for drunk driving set at $1 million after he was taken into custody on April 13. While this is an unusually high amount for a drunk driving offense, it was the 10th time the 55-year-old had been detained on similar charges.
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.