Arlington Heights to kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a DUI roadblock tonight

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From the Patch:

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and with it comes plenty of festivities. The Arlington Heights Police Department announced it will enforce activities centered on the St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Friday, March 15. According to a release from the department, enforcement activities will include a safety checkpoint scheduled for that date on Rand Road at Beverly Lane.

This is certainly not the only extra DUI enforcement that will be going on this weekend.  Please be safe and use a designated driver.

NYPD wants Waze App to stop DUI roadblock warnings

According to this story from CNN, the New York Police Department has complained to Google, owners of the Waze traffic app, about DUI roadblock alerts:

The nation’s largest police force is demanding Google stop allowing users to post DUI checkpoint data on its live traffic and navigation application, Waze.

The New York Police Department in a letter to Google says allowing users to upload GPS data of police locations is “encouraging reckless driving.”
“Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws. The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving,” NYPD acting Deputy Commissioner Ann Prunty said in a letter to Google dated February 2.
The letter demands that Google remove any current data and continue to take “necessary precaution” to cease the data posting practice on Waze, Google Maps and any other platform owned or associated with Google.
The Waze website advertises the feature on its website, saying, “Get alerted before you approach police.”
“We believe highlighting police presence promotes road safety because drivers tend to drive more carefully and obey traffic laws when they are aware of nearby police. We’ve also seen police encourage such reporting as it serves as both a warning to drivers, as well as a way to highlight police work that keeps roadways safe,” a Waze spokesperson said in a statement to CNN on Thursday.
“There is no separate functionality for reporting police speed traps and DUI/DWI checkpoints — the Waze police icon represents general police presence,” the spokesperson said.

I was surprised to read this story, because in Illinois, the courts have required that police departments provide advance publicity of a roadside safety check in order for it to pass constitutional muster.  This is because a roadblock is an exception to our constitutional guarantee to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Illinois courts have held that in order for a roadblock to be legal, the police must take steps to avoid unnecessary intrusion and hassle to the general public.  One of these ways is to provide advance publicity.  Another is to make sure that the roadblock is clearly marked with signage.

In fact, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I occasionally post information about DUI roadblocks or enhanced enforcement.  I get this information from police department press releases.

In case you are interested, there are additional rules regarding roadblocks, such as that a checkpoint cannot be run at the free discretion of officers.  Instead, supervisory personnel must determine the time and location of the checkpoint, there must be procedural guidelines set up and a plan as to which cars are to be inspected (such as every fifth car) so that it is not random or solely at the discretion of an individual officer.

 

 

 

Elmhurst will conduct a DUI roadblock tonight

From the Elmhurst Patch:

The Elmhurst Police Department continues to take part in a year-long traffic enforcement grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. According to the department, the goal of this grant is to save lives by reducing fatal and serious injury crashes through additional enforcement of DUI and seatbelt laws.

The department said the roadside safety checkpoint will take place on major roadway in Elmhurst starting at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and ending at 3 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

As part of the grant, periodic roadside safety checkpoints are being set up throughout the year, with vehicles being stopped at a predetermined interval and checked for violations, the department said.

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.