Hinsdale Police to Step Up DUI Enforcement for Halloween

From the Hinsdale Patch (story by Andrea Earnest):

This Halloween, the Hinsdale Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort.

“On Halloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” Deputy Chief Erik Bernholdt, said in a release. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween.”

According to the department, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep roads safe during Halloween:

  • Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.
  • Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober
    friend to walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Zombie driver gets two DUI arrests within three hours

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From WHAM TV:

A Rochester woman was arrested twice for DWI within the span of three hours.
Gates Police say Catherine Butler, 26, was driving without her headlights on after leaving a Halloween party early Saturday.
Police pulled her over on Buffalo Road, not far from the police department, and determined she was driving drunk. After her arrest, a friend came to pick her up.
Less than three hours later, police say they arrested Butler again for driving drunk. Police say her blood alcohol level was .11 percent the first time and .09 percent the second time.
Both above the legal limit of .08 percent. This wasn’t the first time Butler was arrested for DWI. According to police this was the fourth time Butler has been busted for driving drunk.
“Two prior driving while impaired convictions and 26 years old and she’s still out driving drunk. It’s just hard to understand why people continue to do that and the consequences of continuing to do that,” Gates Police Chief James Vanbrederode says.
Butler did have a valid driver’s license. Her earlier DWI charges were reduced to impaired driving charges allowing her to keep the license.

Read More at: http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/woman-arrested-dwi-2x-3-hours-17154.shtml

Hello, Officer: Woman dressed as Hello Kitty arrested for DUI

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Halloween, which used to be mainly a holiday for young children, has increasingly become associated with drinking and partying. For example, a woman in Maine was arrested for DUI, wearing a Hello Kitty costume.

From WGME:

A traffic stop early Sunday morning in Gorham led to a drunk driving arrest for a Westbrook woman wearing a Hello Kitty costume, according to the Gorham Police Department.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday on Mosher Road, police say they stopped 37-year-old Carrie Gipson for driving in the wrong lane. A post on the police department’s Facebook page said the officer thought he had stopped Hello Kitty, but it was Gipson.

Gipson was arrested for OUI refusal and taken to the Cumberland County Jail.

Could a witch get a DUI on a broomstick?

Could this be a DUI?

Could a witch get a DUI on a broomstick?

I posted about this last year, but the question remains timely.

In Illinois, DUI is not limited to cars and trucks. Our DUI laws cover all “vehicles,” which are defined by our Motor Vehicle Code as:

Every device, in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway or requiring a certificate of title under Section 3-101(d) of this Code, except devices moved by human power, devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks and snowmobiles as defined in the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act.

For the purposes of this Code, unless otherwise prescribed, a device shall be considered to be a vehicle until such time it either comes within the definition of a junk vehicle, as defined under this Code, or a junking certificate is issued for it.
Since a  magic broomstick doesn’t work on “human power” but magic power, it is possible that an intoxicated witch could be prosecuted for DUI on a broomstick. Just to be clear, however, the Illinois Courts have not yet ruled on the matter. They have held that motorized bicycles, motorized lawnmowers, and all terrain vehicles do qualify as a “vehicle.” Snow mobiles and boats are covered by separate statutes. Also, a vehicle that is inoperable is still a “vehicle” unless and until a junking certificate has been issued. So be warned!

Can you get a DUI while flying on your broom?

Is an Illinois DUI limited to cars and trucks? No. Our DUI laws cover all “vehicles,” which are defined by our Motor Vehicle Code as:

Every device, in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway or requiring a certificate of title under Section 3-101(d) of this Code, except devices moved by human power, devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks and snowmobiles as defined in the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act.

For the purposes of this Code, unless otherwise prescribed, a device shall be considered to be a vehicle until such time it either comes within the definition of a junk vehicle, as defined under this Code, or a junking certificate is issued for it.
I don’t think a magic broomstick works on “human power” so its possible an intoxicated witch would not get off the hook. Just to be clear, however, the Illinois Courts have not yet ruled on the matter. They have held that motorized bicycles, motorized lawnmowers, and all terrain vehicles do qualify as a “vehicle.” Snow mobiles and boats are covered by separate statutes. Also, a vehicle that is inoperable is still a “vehicle” unless and until a junking certificate has been issued. So be warned!