A 19-year-old Illinois woman was charged with aggravated DUI on Sept. 11 after she was accused of causing a fatal car accident outside a Cook County church. The crash reportedly occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of West Roosevelt Road in Chicago.
On Sept. 2, an Illinois woman was charged with DUI after she struck a car parked in the Riverside Police Department parking lot before fleeing the scene. Authorities were alerted to the incident at about 6:53 p.m. by the individual who owned the car that had been damaged in the incident.
Since the state of Illinois implemented its DUI legislation in 1997, the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving accidents has decreased by approximately 43 percent. Even so, the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation noted that drunk driving still occurs in the present day.
A football coach at an Illinois high school was taken into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol on July 15. However, school officials said on Aug. 4 that, although he will not be coaching the football team, he did still have his job as athletic director.
Drivers who test positive for marijuana use are on the rise in Illinois and across the country, according to a new report. However, drivers who test positive for alcohol use are on the decline.
California motorists who have pleaded guilty to DUI omay be required to attend an alcohol awareness program. It can be required as a condition of their probation or as part of their suspended sentence. The court orders attendance to these programs so that offenders can be educated about the effects of DUI and the dependency on alcohol. The programs are typically used in lieu of or to reduce stiffer punishments offenders might be subjected to, like incarceration, fines or the suspension of their driver's license.
Illinois sports fans may be aware of a car crash in early June involving former New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher. After the crash, he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. As of early July, he faces two charges of DUI.
Drivers in Illinois can expect law enforcement to be more visible and more active during the upcoming July 4th holiday period. Far more people take to the roads in Illinois during the summer months, and the state's Department of Transportation provides grants to local police departments to help them to deal with the increased traffic volume and launch initiatives designed to enforce traffic laws and prevent accidents.
Illinois football fans may be interested in learning that a former linebacker for the Giants, 57-year-old Lawrence Taylor, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on June 19. Taylor was charged with DUI following a drunk driving accident in September when he hit a motor home and police car while in Florida.
On May 28, an Illinois Uber driver was accused of drunk driving while transporting a passenger. The 45-year-old Schaumburg man was ultimately charged with felony aggravated DUI/vehicle for hire with a passenger and a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct.