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The serious consequences of minor driving offenses in Illinois

One look at weekly police blotter reports and it is quite clear that there are many people across Illinois who are arrested for DUI during any given week. Even when police aren't cracking down on drunk drivers or setting up sobriety checkpoints, they are still on the lookout for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

We all make mistakes while driving and we do not always get stopped or ticketed for a little slip up. However, if a driver has alcohol in their system, there is a very real risk that he or she could get pulled over and arrested for drunk driving. In many cases, the drivers that are stopped have committed a very minor traffic violation, but that can be all it takes for police to have a reason to pull someone over. 

Proposed bill would ban ticket quotas in Illinois

When drivers are pulled over in Illinois, one of the most common reactions people have is to assume that the police officers are just out to get them and meet a quota. In general, police pull drivers over and issue traffic citations because someone has broken the law. However, it may surprise some readers that some Illinois law enforcement agencies do, in fact, use a system of quotas.

These quotas are often used to track an officer's performance history and as a way to collect data and get federal funding for various traffic campaigns and crackdowns. However, a bill was recently proposed and passed in the Illinois Senate that would ban the use of these quotas.

Having a valid license can give Illinois drivers relief

There are many people in Illinois who do not have a license because it has been suspended or revoked, or they never got one in the first place. Still, some people think that they can get away driving. They may feel like they have no choice or they think that if they drive carefully, they will not get caught. However, driving without a driver's license can get people into some very serious trouble and it can also cause some unneeded stress.

Drivers who get in their car to drive to work or bring the kids to a doctor's appointment can experience high levels of anxiety and fear that they will get stopped by police and ticketed or arrested. In order to avoid these feelings and the potential repercussions of a violation, drivers may be wise to consider speaking with an attorney about license reinstatement.

Illinois drivers who are ticketed face more than just fines

Getting a ticket while driving may not seem like a significant issue at first. Of course it may be inconvenient, frustrating and stressful to have to pay the fine, but many people assume that once they pay the ticket, it just goes away.

However, there is a critical piece to this situation that many people overlook. Paying a ticket allows drivers to avoid outstanding fines and penalties, but it is also recognition of guilt on the driver's part. A traffic ticket can affect a person's driving record, which could result in increased insurance premiums. One ticket may not seem like a big deal, but after multiple tickets or a serious violation, a driver could lose his or her insurance and driving privileges.

Illinois drivers forced to pay for state's mistake

People who are convicted of drunk driving generally just want to do whatever they need to do to move past the mistake. They pay the fines, attend the counseling, complete their community service and believe that if they do all the things they are supposed to, they can put the DUI behind them. In many cases, that is what happens.

However, mistakes can be made along the way which can make the situation much more complicated and difficult to resolve. For example, 1,700 drivers in Illinois recently learned that due to a clerical error, their licenses will be suspended as a result of a DUI they got between 2002 and 2008. 

Speeding ticket results in license suspension 25 years later

Moving from one state to another can be a frustrating and stressful experience. In all the chaos that can come with relocating, it is not uncommon to leave a few loose ends behind. However, one loose end that our Illinois readers may want to consider tying up sooner rather than later involves unpaid traffic tickets.

Tickets for traffic violations, DUI and other offenses do not just go away if a driver leaves the state. In fact, they could come back to haunt a driver long after he or she has left. For example, one woman had completely forgotten about a speeding ticket she received 25 years ago when she was living in another state. She was understandably very surprised and upset when her license was suddenly suspended because of the old infraction. 

Riding with impaired drivers could affect teens' licenses

Getting a driver's license can be one of the most exciting times in a young person's life. Being fully licensed gives teenagers a sense of independence and freedom, but it is crucial that we as adults help them understand the responsibility that comes with driving. We want them to be safe and mature while driving so that they do not get into trouble or cause an accident.

However, every driver makes mistakes and teens are certainly no different. Young people are particularly impressionable and are more likely to take risks and test boundaries than older adults which can make it very possible for them to get in some trouble while driving. In fact, a recent report suggests that teenagers who witness certain dangerous behaviors behind the wheel are more likely to engage in these behaviors themselves. This can be particularly true when it comes to impaired or drunk driving.

Should drivers face license suspension for prescription drug use?

There are many people all across Illinois who are required to be on a prescription medication for various reasons, from heart conditions to anxiety to allergies. But as we have all heard in the commercials for these pharmaceutical products, they often come with a long list of side effects. While the side effects are generally mild, they may be just significant enough to affect a person's ability to do certain activities safely, including driving.

The laws related to driving under the influence of prescription medication vary widely between states. In general, a person who is involved in an accident or exhibits unsafe driving behaviors while on a prescription medicine can face serious consequences of drugged driving, including possible license suspension. This may be confusing to people who are simply following their doctor's orders to take a medication. However, the Iowa Supreme Court recently addressed this troubling issue and made a ruling that could affect drivers who live or work in or around that state.

Drivers may need more than the luck of the Irish to avoid DUI

Readers are likely aware that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. People may have already made some plans to celebrate and may have even taken the day off work to enjoy the festivities that are so popular in Illinois. 

But we probably won't see too many police officers taking the day off. In fact, St. Patrick's Day is one of the holidays during which law enforcement increase their efforts to cite people for unlawful behavior; especially drunk driving. This year is no different. It was recently announced that Illinois police officers will be increasing their presence in and around Chicago to conduct Roadside Safety Checks in order to identify drunk drivers.

Even if you do not live in Chicago, this can be an important thing for all Illinois drivers to be aware of if you will be driving in or around the city on St. Patrick's Day.

Man charged with reckless driving tries to get his license back

Drivers in Illinois should be aware that there is a very real threat of losing a driver's license if you are reckless behind the wheel. Additionally, because a license suspension generally stems from a serious traffic offense, there is also the likelihood that the offense will go on your record, which can set off a number of secondary penalties. That is why it can be crucial to defend yourself against charges and take the steps necessary to pursue license reinstatement.

This process can be difficult, however. That is what one man is learning after he had his license taken away for reckless driving in another state. He is not the only person who has been in such a difficult position, which is why our Illinois readers may be interested in the case.

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