Picnics, barbeques, family and friends are staples throughout the summer season. Illinois residents often spend weekends and holidays enjoying the warm weather and socializing. For some, part of the enjoyment is indulging in a drink or two with friends. However, as one decides to partake, he or she will want to be aware that Illinois law enforcement has announced increased vigilance in looking for those who may be drunk driving.
There are many reasons people may repeatedly commit crimes. These include addiction and mental health issues, which can sometimes be helped through treatment rather than incarceration. In Illinois, a board member of the Park District of Forest Park has gone to treatment after spending time in jail for three drunk driving charges.
Last fall, a Minnesota woman was arrested on a drunk driving charge. She wasn’t alone in the vehicle, though. Five of her children – ages ranging from an infant to a 9-year-old – were in the car with her. This was shocking news, but is more common than you might think.
One man is dead and another is being held in police custody after a car crash claimed the life of a 25-year-old Bloomington resident. Pennsylvania authorities have reason to believe the driver involved in the accident may have been intoxicated behind the wheel. That individual has been charged with aggravated drunk driving as well as several other charges pertaining to this case.
Flashing lights can make even the most careful driver nervous. Thoughts of "what have I done?" and "what do I need to do?" may flash through one's mind. For some Illinois drivers, though, these lights can become a worrisome problem. If officers suspect a problem, they may decide to do more than just write a ticket and may even pursue drug charges if they discover some reason to suspect that drugs are involved.
Presumed innocent until proven guilty is the assumption under which Illinois's criminal justice system operates. In other words, when law enforcement officers detain someone for drunk driving or some other offense, they need to have proof that this is in fact the case prior to detaining them. While this is the case in most instances, one has to wonder if this holds true when the individual who has been stopped has a history of such behavior.