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Illinois driver arrested for DUI and cellphone use

Cars and trucks are an indelible part of life in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln and other Midwestern states offer several mass transit options, but nothing beats the usefulness and independence of one's own vehicle on the many roads and highways of the widespread state.

Safety is the most important factor in driving, as well as all other forms of transportation. Operators of all motor vehicles must remain focused on the road without getting distracted from the road by cellphones or other electronic devices. Even a momentary glance off the road could lead to a collision, serious injury or even death.

One of the few safety violations more serious than the use of a cellphone while a car is moving is driving a car under the influence of alcohol. Getting behind the wheel while drunk or drinking greatly increases the chances of a fatal accident, as well as the loss of driving privileges and possible jail time.

A 46-year-old woman from Gilberts was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after local police investigated a collision involving her car. The incident occurred just after dark on a recent evening when the woman's car did not slow in time to avoid striking another vehicle.

The driver was also ticketed for driving while using an electronic device, driving without insurance, improper use of road lanes and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. These infractions are all serious on their own and affect the overall safety of drivers in Illinois.

If a person has been injured or killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver, an attorney may help the victim or his or her family sort out the legal options for financial restitution claims.

Source: Glenview Patch, "Kane County Woman DUI, Using Device Before Crash: Glenview Police," Jonah Meadows, Jan. 03, 2018

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