Expect Enhanced DUI Enforcement for the 4th of July

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The Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police departments are planning enhanced DUI patrols and roadblocks for the Fourth of July holiday.

According to Patch:

This Fourth of July, please designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive
drunk. Other important tips include:

  • Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass
  • transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.

Hinsdale Police Planning Extra DUI and Seat Belt Enforcements for Memorial Day Weekend

From the Patch:

The Hinsdale Police Department will conduct special patrols this Memorial Day to crack down on drunk drivers and encourage people to wear their seat belts.

“We’re urging our community’s residents and guests to plan ahead for Memorial Day celebrations,” Chief Brian King said in a release. “If you’re going to drink, designate a sober driver before you go out. Remember: It’s not just about you. There are other people on the roads who want to get where they are going safely.”

Be prepared for roadblocks and heavy DUI enforcement this holiday weekend

carefulonthefourthExpect roadblocks and added DUI enforcement this weekend.  From story by Josh McGhee at DNAinfo Chicago:

Chicago Police and Illinois State Police plan extra patrols this weekend to look for drunken drivers on city streets and expressways, authorities said Wednesday.

“Last year over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, 17 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. Six of those fatalities involved drunk drivers,” said Scott Kristiansen of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Public Safety.

“This is one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to traffic fatalities. The Fourth of July can be deadly for two reasons: drinking and driving and failing to wear seatbelts.”

In the last five years, 58 people have been killed in car accidents over the Independence Day Weekend in Illinois, and 50 percent of those crashes involved a driver who had been drinking, Kristiansen said.

Chicago Police and the state police will be among law enforcement agencies across the state putting in thousands of extra hours to conduct roadside safety checks, seatbelt enforcement zones and hundreds of saturation patrols, according to a press release for IDOT.

The effort is being funded with more than $1 million in federal money.

Please be safe and careful this weekend!

Have a Happy and Safe New Year’s Eve

2014NYEWishing everyone a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

Tonight, the CTA will be offering late night service and penny rides.

In addition, the Taxi app Hailo and MillerCoors are teaming up to offer discounted cab rides.

Expect heightened traffic enforcement and roadside sobriety checks out on the roadside, and plan for an expected snowfall.

Be safe everyone, and see you next year!

Could a witch get a DUI on a broomstick?

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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!