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.
A Pekin woman has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for a fatal crash that occurred a year ago in Bartonville. It left a 7-year-old girl dead and a 5-year-old girl in a wheelchair with partial paralysis.
Have you heard about the "Arrive Alive" tour? A realistic impaired and distracted driving simulator is making rounds through the nation in this important tour. Just this week, the tour made a stop at Illinois Wesleyan University so that young people in the area can safely experience the effect of alcohol and drugs on one's ability to drive.
When you head for work, school, to run errands, go to the doctor or simply enjoy a nice drive in Illinois, you never know when you will encounter a drunk driver. Despite efforts from law enforcement agencies, drunk driving is still a problem throughout DuPage County. So, what should you do if you encounter a drunk driver?