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Illinois law enforcement looking for drunk drivers

With another holiday strongly associated with drinking approaching, law enforcement is seeking to ensure that people don't drink and drive on St. Patrick's Day The Illinois Department of Transportation has made a point of reminding people that there are a number of alternatives to getting into their car after they've had a few drinks. Options include selecting a designated driver, taking a cab home, using public transportation or using a ride sharing app. To help give people greater options for getting home safely, additional trains will be running in the morning and evening.

In addition to the warnings issued by the state's department of transportation, law enforcement authorities are also planning to be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers in an effort to keep the roads safe. As is often the case, the message from the police is to drive sober or get pulled over.

Law enforcement is going to be conducting roadside safety checks in locations throughout the state. Along with looking for intoxicated motorists, they will also be performing seat belt checks. The reason for increased enforcement is due to the greater risk of being in an accident involving an intoxicated driver during holiday weekends.

People who are facing charges of drunk driving should be aware that there are a number of defenses that can be made. Police are required to behave in a particular manner and collect evidence according to the law, and if they fail to do so, it can damage the prosecution's case. Additionally, law enforcement must prove that tests determining a person's blood alcohol level were accurate, and a lawyer could challenge the results.

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