Illinois State Police announced that it will be conducting extra DUI patrols throughout the remainder of March in a number of counties across the state, including DuPage County.
Aside from keeping more eyes on the roads to stop impaired drivers, the task force also announced specific locations where “Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement” will take place. Those areas include:
- The Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Kane County
- The Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Dupage and Kane counties
- The Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) in Dupage and Will countie
Police said that the patrols will be conducted during nighttime hours when drunk driving rates are at the highest. Unsurprisingly, they also said that they will take a zero-tolerance approach to getting impaired drivers and underage drivers who consume alcohol off of the road.
In Illinois, individuals who are arrested for DUI can have their vehicle impounded and have their driving privileges revoked for up to a year for their first offense. DUI convictions can also result in fines up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail. You’ll also likely see increased car insurance rates once your insurer gets wind of the arrest, and some people can also lose their job depending on their work duties as a result of the arrest. Those previously convicted of a DUI will face even harsher potential penalties, including up to 12 years in prison and fines reaching $25,000 if you cause an accident with injury.
You can fight back against these penalties by contesting the charges in court with a lawyer, but the best option is to avoid an arrest altogether by not getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. More than 26,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois in 2008, and 28 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involved alcohol, so it’s clearly still an issue here in Illinois.
Illinois DUI Attorneys
Hopefully you make smart decisions behind the wheel throughout the rest of this month and beyond, but if something happens and you end up in handcuffs, give Brett and the team at Appelman Law a call today. We specialize in fighting DUI charges and know the best defenses to pursue to help get the charges reduced or thrown out. We also work closely with prosecutors to determine if a plea deal could help you keep your license or avoid jail, so that’s always an option too. For more information, consider setting up a free case review with our firm by calling (630) 717-7801.