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December 2017 Archives

Police department deploys roadside drug testing kits

Police departments in Illinois and around the country are struggling to cope with a surge in accidents caused by motorists under the influence of drugs. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association reveals that more drivers who were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2015 tested positive for drugs than for alcohol, but identifying motorists who are under the influence of illegal drugs or prescription medications remains a problem for law enforcement.

Illinois police department targets grab-and-run crimes

Black Friday is the traditional start of the busy holiday shopping period in Illinois and around the country, and both retailers and law enforcement agencies generally put more resources into combating shoplifting and grab-and-run crimes at this time of year. While shoplifters usually act covertly and seek to escape stores undetected, grab-and-run criminals simply gather as much merchandise as they can while in full view and attempt to flee the scene. The Fairview Heights Police Department announced in a Facebook post that undercover officers would be dispatched to the St. Clair Square Mall to apprehend those committing grab-and-run crimes, but several individuals appear to have missed this message.

Illinois man charged with DUI and resisting arrest

A man is facing a raft of charges including driving under the influence, resisting arrest and reckless driving following a one-car crash in the parking lot of an adult entertainment venue. The 34-year-old is said to have made a number of incoherent statements to police officers and paramedics after driving his car into a ditch. The incident took place on McClure Street in the City of Galesburg at approximately 12:49 a.m.

President Trump uses December 2017 to discuss impaired driving

DUI accidents have negatively impacted the lives of Illinois residents. Undoubtedly, many agree with the sentiments President Donald J. Trump expressed when he proclaimed December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

Chicago man sentenced in drug trafficking case

An Illinois man has been sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking enterprise. The sentence, which was handed down on Dec. 6, comes about a year after the 58-year-old East Chicago resident was taken into custody by police investigating a drug distribution organization that allegedly used a social club in Calumet as its base of operations.

What happens when caught driving without a license

Illinois residents who drive without a license may be committing a crime. Not being able to present proof of having a driver's license may also be a violation of the law. Common violations of driver's license requirements include failing to get one for the state in which a person lives as well as driving on an expired license.

Judge lowers bail for woman who allegedly crashed while drunk

A judge significantly lowered an Illinois woman's bail on Nov. 17 after she was accused of driving drunk and crashing into a pond. The 31-year-old mother was facing four counts of aggravated DUI and a maximum of 12 years behind bars.

Cell phone location data at center of Supreme Court case

Every day in Illinois, cell phone towers track the whereabouts of users as they go about their daily travels. Wireless providers store this location data, and the Supreme Court of the United States has begun to hear oral arguments about how police can access that information. An attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union argued before the justices that law enforcement should not have been able to access the location data used to convict a man of theft without first getting a search warrant.