Authorities in Illinois say that a 58-year-old Chicago resident was taken into custody on two charges of aggravated DUI. He was also charged with driving while his license was suspended. Police say that the man was observed driving on Route 53 in Crest Hill on June 27 while under the influence of alcohol.
DUI totals in the Illinois Valley have gone down in 11 of the past 13 years. Overall, the number of DUIs has dropped by roughly 50% over the past 15 years. In Bureau County, the number of people taken into custody for drunk or impaired driving dropped by one-third in 2019. This could be attributed to many factors such as an inability to afford the cost of a DUI in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. For some, it may be tough to justify the cost of drinking alcohol at a bar.
People in Illinois who are on a low-carb diet that has put them into ketosis or who suffer from such conditions as acid reflux or diabetes could cause some types of breath tests for blood alcohol content to give inaccurate results. In Texas, an attorney got DUI charges dropped against a man who was in ketosis but who did not appear to be drunk during field sobriety tests. However, when he took a breath test, the device registered his blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
On April 13, Illinois police took a 55-year-old man into custody on his 10th drunk driving charge. Authorities say that he was driving a Hyundai southbound on Interstate 55 near milepost 261 when they conducted a traffic stop. While the complaint against him says that his blood alcohol content was above .08 percent, the exact amount was not disclosed.
While the Breathalyzer test is among the most common way to determine an Illinois driver's blood alcohol content, there are other methods available. For instance, a police officer could measure it through hair follicle or urine testing. It is also possible to do so through saliva and blood. Generally speaking, blood draws are done if an individual refuses to consent to a Breathalyzer test. It can also be conducted after an accident.
A tenured professor at Northern Illinois University was recently convicted at trial of her third DUI offense. The incident happened on April 2, 2017, when the woman's second DUI case was still pending.
Close to 200 local police and sheriff's departments throughout Illinois will increase their traffic enforcement operations from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day. With the support of federal highway safety dollars, the Illinois Department of Transportation has coordinated the activities of the state police and local law enforcement agencies to increase traffic patrols, write tickets for seat belt violations and arrest intoxicated drivers.
Not all DUI charges are the same in their stakes here in Illinois. Some can cause a person to face especially severe potential consequences. Among these are charges of aggravated DUI. Aggravated DUI covers DUI offenses that fall into the felony, rather than misdemeanor, level. A conviction on felony DUI charges can expose a person to long prison sentences and significant fines.