How many times have you seen someone leave the bar or a party, insisting that they'll drive safely even when friends are worried that they're too intoxicated to get behind the wheel? It happens. Drunk people often claim that they're fine and that they can drive without injuring anyone.
You know that drinking and driving is not a wise decision. You know it's dangerous and illegal. If someone asked you during a standard workday, while you were sober, if it was smart to drive drunk, you'd tell them it wasn't.
Turn on the news on any given night, and you can find plenty of stories about drunk driving arrests and/or tragic car accidents. It feels like everyone is in serious danger, despite the illegality of drunk driving. How can people take these types of risks?
You're at a family gathering, enjoying a few drinks, when your uncle says he's going to get in the car and drive home. Or, maybe you're driving down the interstate when you see a driver swerving all over the road, slowing down for no reason, and generally driving like they're impaired.
When someone gets arrested for drunk driving or causes an accident while intoxicated, you often hear the same refrain: They thought they were sober enough to drive. They thought it would be safe. They did not realize they were that drunk.
Many people have discovered a whole new way to consume alcohol -- vaping. They enjoy the fact that they can feel its effects more quickly than if they drank it. Vaping alcohol can get a person intoxicated at a speed they may not be used to.
This time of year, the dangers posed by drunk drivers are greater than ever. Whether people are coming home from a holiday party or at a bar drinking to forget that they're alone this Christmas, too many people get behind the wheel when they shouldn't.
The attorney for a Cicero woman facing four aggravated DUI charges says his client won't accept any plea deal that includes jail time.
A 20-year-old man is facing charges of aggravated DUI involving death and reckless homicide after a fatal crash in Elk Grove Village on June 30. The young man was on duty at his job as a seasonal employee with the Cook County Forest Preserve District when police say he drove a dump truck into multiple vehicles that were stopped in traffic on Arlington Heights Road.
A 21-year-old Willowbrook resident pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run charges on Oct. 31 in a DuPage County courtroom. Before doing so, he stood accused of having fled the scene of a fatal collision on May 17, 2017, along state route 83. A 26-year-old Westmont resident died in that crash.