Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. According to CyberDriveIllinois.com's 2013 DUI Fact Book, there were 10,175 DUI arrests in Cook County in 2011; 10,903 DUI arrests in 2010; and 11,375 DUI arrests in 2009. DUI facts from…
Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year’s Eve continues a big night for drunk driving enforcement and arrests.
The slogan “Don’t Drink and Drive” can become trite until you consider the numbers. Numbers like the 258 lives lost in drunk driving crashes in 2012. It is one of the statistics that local and state police hope makes you think twice about drinking and driving this holiday weekend. Police throughout the area, including sheriff’s deputies in Lake, Cook and McHenry County, will be doing special drunk driving enforcements for New Year’s Eve. Illinois State police will be conducting roadside safety checks and special alcohol enforcement on highways and tollways. The patrols will focus on four areas that often cause fatal crashes: speeding, DUI, seat belt compliance and distracted driving, according to a release. “Alcohol or drug impairment is a…
Friday, December 28, 2012
If you insist on driving after a few drinks, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system.
Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation? As we head into the holiday season, Patch wants to help you determine when enough is enough. Want to follow similar articles in Winnetka, Glencoe and Northfield? Sign up for Winnetka-Glencoe Patch's newsletter. Want to follow similar articles in Wilmette and Kenilworth? Sign up for Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch's newsletter. When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content. A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. Illinois's legal limit is 0.08. According to the Virginia Tech …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Two victims were taken to the hospital, two cars were towed from the scene and Glenview PD briefly shutdown eastbound Lake Ave. traffic
A drunk driver caused a three-car accident yesterday afternoon near the Glenview-Wilmette border just after 3 p.m. Glenview police and fire responded to the call in the 200 block of East Lake Avenue near Meier’s Tavern where three cars were blocking traffic in the curb lane, Glenview Police Sgt. David Sostak told Patch this morning. “One rear ended another causing a chain reaction involving the third vehicle,” he explained. Floriberto Montoya, 33, of Wilmette, is allegedly responsible for causing the accident, police say. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduced speed to avoid an accident and endangering the life of a child. Montoya was released on a $1000 bond and is scheduled to appear …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The final numbers are in for impaired driving arrests made during the heightened end of the year enforcement.
At the end of of 2010, law enforcement agencies throughout the state teamed up to arrest impaired drivers and to get more motorists to buckle up. Agencies executed the crackdowns during late-night hours, a time that statistics show more drunk drivers are on the road, especially during the height of the holiday season. During this crackdown the Kenilworth Police Department issued 88 traffic citations, made two impaired driving arrests, three drug arrests and one unlicensed driver arrest. These arrests were made possible with funding from IDOT's Division of Traffic Safety and the "You Drink & You Drive. You Lose" campaign.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Chicago woman seeks damages in connection with June car crash that killed two teens and injured another near Wilmette Harbor.
The mother of an 18-year-old woman killed in a drunken driving accident in Wilmette this June is suing the 20-year-old driver. Meanwhile, the driver is in jail awaiting trial on eight felonies in connection with the crash that left two dead and one injured. "How can the law be that be that this boy killed two people and … he could be out in five or six years?" she said. Deborah Echevarria, who lives in northwest Chicago, says she filed the suit in part because she is angry at the plea deal being offered to Szymon Zawadzki, who has been in county lockup on $2 million bond since the crash near Wilmette Harbor that killed her daughter, Veronica Rojas, and the girl's 17-year-old best friend, Natalie Stygar. Prosecutors first told her family …