Drinking and Driving Can Lead to Criminal Offense Charges
Labor Day is typically known throughout the United States as a day that celebrates and honors the nation’s work force. Many people travel, entertain friends and family and sometimes imbibe their favorite alcoholic beverages as they take part in the festivities of this national holiday. For many, the celebrations of the day are also a way to say good-bye to summer and look forward to the changing of seasons. In Illinois and elsewhere, however, too much celebrating sometimes leads to a motor vehicle accident where a driver ends up being charged with a criminal offense for intoxicated driving. Illinois police say that they have a plan that they hope will help prevent those types of incidents from occurring on Labor Day 2015.
Joining with law enforcement partners from across the nation, Illinois authorities say that they will crack down on drunk driving during the upcoming holiday season. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been instrumental in helping to launch the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program. Public awareness campaigns, roadside checks and an increase in the presence of officers on the road are all part of the plan that is meant to help reduce the number of impaired driving incidents.
There were more than 10,000 fatal alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2013. One traffic supervisor stated that many drivers make poor decisions without realizing how their actions might affect others on the road. In fact, it has been noted that 65 percent of those killed by drunk drivers in vehicular accidents in 2013 were also drunk at the time the accidents occurred.
While campaigns and programs in Illinois and beyond might indeed help reduce the number of impaired driving accidents on the nation’s highways, it is apparent that there will still be some incidents where a driver might be charged with this type of criminal offense. Under such circumstances, he or she might find himself or herself in need of legal advice. The law protects anyone facing criminal charges to retain representation from a legal professional who has experience in criminal law. A first logical step to take would be to contact a criminal lawyer in the area in order to seek an assessment of one’s case.
Source: Evanston, IL Patch, “Evanston Police to Crackdown on Drunk Drivers Labor Day Weekend“, Tim Moran, Aug. 24, 2015
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