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.
A 31-year-old Illinois woman is facing a raft of charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident in Riverside on Sept. 2 while under the influence of alcohol. The Brookfield resident has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a traffic accident and failing to render aid or information following an accident. The incident took place in the parking lot of the Riverside Police Department facility on Riverside Road at approximately 6:53 p.m.
On July 31, an Illinois woman was charged with DUI after authorities conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle. According to the report, she was on her way to a DUI class that she had been ordered to attend due to a previous DUI incident.
Illinois motorists may be interested to learn that the number of marijuana-positive drivers has increased while the number of alcohol-positive drivers has decreased. The findings were drawn from several studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Illinois pro basketball fans might have learned a cautionary tale about drinking and driving from the arraignment of Derek Fisher. According to court records, a car crash in June has led to charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher for the former coach of the New York Knicks.