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4 mistakes your teen driver might be making

Now that kids are back in school, new drivers may find themselves driving more frequently. They are heading to or from school, meeting up for study sessions, driving to extracurricular activities, helping a parent by running some errands or getting to an after-school job.

While parents might be relieved to not have to drive their kids to all these activities, they may be understandably concerned that this frequent driving increases the chance that a young person will get a traffic ticket or get into an accident. Unfortunately, many young drivers will get into these difficult situations. There are some very common mistakes that teens make behind the wheel, of which Illinois parents should be aware.

Man faces criminal, civil cases after DUI in Illinois

Usually the police officers will only involve themselves in criminal matters and not civil matters. For one man, the police have charged him with DUI and traffic violations, and the individual police officers involved have also sued him for personal injuries in an Illinois civil court. The civil lawsuit and the criminal charges are the result of an incident where two police officers were injured following a collision.

The crash occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. when a car crashed into the back of a police car in early Sept. 2012. The driver of the vehicle, 31 years of age at the time, was heading west on the roadway. The two police officers were conducting a traffic stop when the collision occurred. Both officers and a civilian were injured as a result of the collision.

Many drivers able to avoid license suspension in Illinois

Some people may think that laws are set in stone. However, this is far from the case, which is why the litigation system exists to provide a process for interpreting and applying the law to specific situations. DUI laws in Illinois are no exception, with the possibility for those who are convicted of a DUI to avoid mandatory license suspension in some cases.

Despite the tough state laws on the books, many defendants have been able to plea bargain their way into avoiding a license suspension. In one instance, a man had rear-ended another vehicle with such force that the other vehicle went flying across an intersection, causing injury to the other motorist. However, despite the severity of the accident and the fact that the man's sobriety test showed he had twice the amount of alcohol legally allowed in his system, he was able to plea bargain with prosecutors in order to avoid having his license suspended.

Man may face commercial driver's license suspension in Illinois

Those who hold a commercial driver’s license usually depend upon it for income. This is why it can be detrimental if one is faced with a suspension of a commercial driver’s license. Unfortunately, a party bus driver in Illinois is now at risk of having his license suspended after an alleged drunk driving incident.

The incident involved a 31-year-old man who was on duty as a party bus driver. Apparently the bus had taken off with people still in the entry stairway while the vehicle was moving. Others chased after the bus and were banging on the sides of it, attempting to capture the driver’s attention. The bus ended up crashing into a guy wire just as police officers arrived on the scene.

Driver hit with DUI charges after rollover crash in Illinois

A rollover accident is one of the worst types of crashes, since it can significantly increase the chance of somebody being injured. Unfortunately, this is what happened recently to a 24-year-old Illinois driver one evening in the latter part of August. The incident occurred just before 8 p.m and resulted in injuries to six people being injured, as well as DUI charges for the driver.

The man was operating an SUV when he lost control of the vehicle as he was heading northbound. Apparently, the vehicle left the roadway toward the right side, and the man overcorrected. The vehicle crossed back over the northbound lanes. It ended up crashing into a median and then rolled over as a result of the impact.

4 violations Illinois police will crack down on this weekend

With Labor Day coming up this weekend, we are all reminded that the end of summer is just around the corner. This weekend you may be heading to the cabin, having a celebratory barbecue or heading out on the open road for a road trip with the kids before school starts.

But you will likely be confronted with some congestion and road delays on your way from point A to point B, as Labor Day is a very popular weekend for people to travel. Not only will there be increased traffic levels, but there will also be increased Illinois police patrols out looking for drivers in violation of some specific laws. Knowing what these laws are could help drivers avoid them.

What factors can affect field sobriety test performance?

If you have recently been pulled over and accused of drunk driving, it is quite possible that it was the first experience you've had with this type of situation. Undoubtedly, you were probably very nervous, scared and intimidated, even if you do not think you are legally intoxicated.

These emotions can actually affect how a person performs during the field sobriety tests that are conducted. In fact, there are a number of factors that can negatively impact a person's performance of these tests that have nothing to do with alcohol. Understanding what these are could help you determine if and how it might be appropriate to defend against DUI charges.

Results from annual truck safety enforcement blitz released

The trucking industry is crucial to the success of businesses across the world; it also provides employment opportunities to thousands of people. However, given recent news stories, it is also an industry that has come under fire lately in terms of safety. 

Accidents like the one involving comedian Tracy Morgan, which was allegedly caused by a trucker who was speeding and driving in violation of the Hours of Service regulations, have led to increased scrutiny of the trucking industry. However, an annual trucking inspection blitz paints a clearer picture of how well truckers and companies are -- or are not -- complying with state and federal regulations.

Out-of-state drivers and Illinois license suspension

Getting a traffic ticket for a serious offense can be very upsetting for anyone. Not only do people generally worry about how they will pay for fines and increased insurance premiums, but in some cases they face the possibility of losing their driver's license. 

For some people, it might not seem like a big deal to not be able to drive. People living in major cities may have easy access to a robust public transportation system or some folks may have a family member or friend who does not mind transporting them. But Illinois traffic violations and license suspension can have a surprising impact on drivers, especially those who live in another state or move out of Illinois.

Ignition interlock devices and Illinois drivers

Being charged with a drunk driving offense can be the first step in a series of serious challenges for drivers across Illinois. If convicted of a DUI, drivers can expect to face increased insurance premiums, fines, potential jail time and restricted driving privileges. Subsequent arrests for the same offense can often result in escalated penalties.

However, first-time offenders may have the opportunity to minimize some of these consequences. For example, a driver arrested for a first offense may be eligible for license suspension relief with the installation of a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. 

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