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.

McHenry County Institutes “No Refusal” DUI Blood Draw Policy

From the Chicago Tribune:

Police in McHenry County will be out for blood with drivers who refuse to take breath tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Nine departments in the northwest suburban county announced they will seek immediate search warrants during traffic stops to draw blood from suspected drunken or drugged drivers who refuse to blow for a breath test.

The new policy is meant to counter drivers, particularly repeat DUI offenders, who increasingly refuse breath tests, which makes it more difficult to prosecute them, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a news release.

Starting Sunday, police in Algonquin, Cary, Harvard, Huntley, Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Spring Grove and Woodstock will institute the new policy.

Woodstock police Chief John Lieb said in the release that the policy will deter some people from driving while impaired.

While DUI suspects face severe civil penalties if they refuse a breath test — like driver’s license suspensions — police generally can’t force a suspect to submit to a blood test.

If the warrant is granted by a judge, the suspect will be taken to a nearby emergency room, where blood will be drawn and tested for alcohol and drugs.

The policy will be aided by an electronic warrant system launched last year, allowing police to generate an e-warrant that can be sent electronically to a judge for review. Officers can also communicate with a judge through teleconferencing and ultimately obtain a warrant through a judge’s electronic signature, if the judge agrees.

“The days of drunk drivers refusing to blow thinking that they can beat a DUI charge are coming to an end,” Kenneally said. “This new policy means that we’re going to ensure we have all the evidence we need to successfully prosecute drunk drivers every time.”

In addition to holding offenders accountable, Cary police Chief Patrick Finlon said in the release that the initiative “will create strong cases for the prosecution, thereby encouraging a defendant to seek plea negotiations, reducing the need for investigating officers to appear in court, and improving law enforcement patrol staffing.”

Illinois State Police to Conduct Roadside Safety Check this weekend in Elgin

From the Elgin Patch:

ELGIN, IL – A roadside safety check will be held this weekend in Elgin, Illinois State Police announced Tuesday. Officers working the detail will be watching out for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with suspended or revoked driver’s license and transporting open alcoholic beverages, according to the news release. In addition, authorities will also be on the lookout for drunken drivers, safety belt violations, speeders and distracted drivers.

The roadside safety check will be held the weekend of March 23, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police. The purpose of the roadside checks is meant to keep roadways safe and drunken drivers off the road.

Expect heightened police presence for St. Patrick’s Day this Weekend

From the Libertyville Patch:

From the Lake County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff Mark Curran announced the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with State and local law enforcement for the St. Patrick’s Day traffic safety enforcement campaign. The national campaign begins Friday, March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 18, 2018. Funding for this traffic safety campaign is made possible through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Administration and is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Sheriff Mark Curran stated, “Highway patrol units will be in force beginning Friday morning, as a reminder to motorists to secure a designated driver or alternative means of transportation if their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are away from home.

And from the Orland Park Patch:

The Orland Park Police Department will conduct extra enforcement patrols over St. Patrick’s Day weekend to crack down on drunk drivers and make sure everyone in the car is buckled up. Expect to see more Orland Park police officers patrolling the streets starting Friday, March 16 through the early morning hours of Sunday, March 18.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, drunk driving has killed more than 300 people during each of the last four years in Illinois.

“If you plan on going out for St. Patrick’s Day, always think ahead and designate a sober driver,” said Village Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee. “Remember, it’s not just about you. There are other people on the road who want to get where they are going safely.”

Please follow these tips to stay safe on the road:

  • If you will be drinking, arrange in advance for a cab, ride-sharing service or designated driver to take you home.
  • If you become impaired, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi or ride-sharing service, or phone a sober friend or family member.
  • If someone you know has been drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
  • Buckle your seat belt, regardless of where you are seated. By law, all occupants, in all seating positions, must wear their seat belt.

Police Departments will be out in force for the Holidays

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From CBS local:

Police and sheriff’s departments across Illinois are stepping up patrols to try to reduce alcohol- and drug-related crashes this holiday season.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police say the stepped up enforcement started this week and will continue through Jan. 2. It will be in effect at all hours, with heightened efforts in the evening.

The efforts will include DUI and distracted driving patrols as well as roadside safety checks and seatbelt enforcement zones.

Illinois is experiencing its second straight year of more than 1,000 motor vehicle deaths. Last year 1,078 people died in vehicle crashes on Illinois roads.

Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz is urging anyone who sees an unsafe driver to call 911 and report them.

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From the Chicago Tribune:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has announced that an increased traffic enforcement program for the holiday season will begin Monday and run through Jan. 2.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic safety enforcement campaign will focus on impaired driving and other violations, officials said.

“Beginning Monday, Dec. 18 and continuing into 2018, motorists will see increased traffic safety enforcement,” Sheriff Mark Curran said in a release. “Deputies will focus on those driving impaired, distracted, or without a seat belt. If you plan to drink, plan for a safe ride home.”

Curran said those drinking should have incentives not to drive, and a plan to avoid doing so.

“Today, there are more transportation options than ever. Find one you’re comfortable with and use it,” he said.

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And from the Oak Lawn Patch:

The Oak Lawn Police Department has stepped up DUI patrols from now through the early morning hours of Jan. 2 to keep drivers and passengers safe as they search for alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Residents and those motoring through the village will notice an enhanced police presence on the streets, , as part of the year-end Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement. Officers will also be looking for drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up.

According to Sgt. M. Acke, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. Of those killed, 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes in which a driver had a blood-alcohol concentration over the limit of 0.08. Other nearby towns that have announced DUI patrols including Palos Park, Palos Heights and Orland Park.

“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping impaired drivers off the road,” Acke said.

You get the idea.

So, please, have a safe, happy (and arrest-free) holiday.

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.

Utah nurse arrested for refusing to draw blood for police

Doctors and nurses are supposed to be health care providers, not arms of the police state.  Yet, these days, many police officers think differently.

From NBC news:

A Utah nurse who refused to give a patient’s blood to police — and then was handcuffed and carried into a patrol car in an escalating incident — held an emotional news conference Thursday demanding better training by law enforcement.

“I just feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things,” said Alex Wubbels, a nurse at the University of Utah Hospital and a former Olympic athlete, as she wiped away tears.

“And I am still confused. I’m a health care worker,” she added. “The only job I have is to keep my patients safe.”

The July 26 encounter at the Salt Lake City hospital — in which Wubbels pleaded, “Stop! I’ve done nothing wrong!” — has prompted an internal police investigation.

Police bodycam videos released during Wubbels’ news conference showed the officer — later identified as Det. Jeff Payne — growing increasingly impatient as she tried to explain, according to hospital protocol, why she couldn’t draw an unconscious patient’s blood for a police investigation.

She told the officers gathered in the middle of the hospital’s work area that they need either an electronic warrant, patient consent or to be placing the patient under arrest if they want access to his blood.

The patient had been a driver in an earlier truck crash, and was badly burned and comatose at the hospital, reported NBC affiliate KSL-TV. Vials of his blood were needed as part of the investigation to determine whether the patient had illicit substances in his system at the time of the crash, according to a written report obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

n the videos, which may have been edited, Wubbels holds her ground about drawing blood. Payne then suddenly snapped.

“No, we’re done,” he said. “You’re under arrest, we’re going!”

He is seen pulling her arms behind her and places handcuffs around her wrists before yanking her to the back of the patrol car. He said she obstructed justice.

“Please sir, you’re hurting me,” Wubbels said.

“Then walk,” Payne responded.

Wubbels, from inside the car, screamed for help and that “I did nothing wrong!”

Other officers from the University of Utah and the Department of Public Safety, which provide security for the hospital, did not intervene during the arrest, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Wubbels was later released and no criminal charges were filed against her.

Payne, who remains on active duty with Salt Lake City police but has been suspended from the blood draw program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Salt Lake City police spokeswoman said the department has been working closely with the hospital to ensure such actions never happen again and that it is alarmed by what occurred.

Read the whole story here:  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-nurse-arrested-refusing-give-patient-s-blood-police-n798021

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