Don’t Let a Drunk Driving Offense Put a Damper on the Holiday Spirit

 Posted on December 19,2014 in DUI

Arlington Heights DUI attorney, drunk driving offense, DUI arrest, DUI repercussions, holiday DUI, impaired drivingIllinois drivers can expect Arlington Heights law enforcement and other area cities to increase patrol as this season's holiday travel begins. In fact, drivers "can expect hundreds more roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and other police saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers ... until January 1," reports KFVS12.

In the past, police have enforced a special focus on impaired driving due to alcohol being an increased factor during the holiday season. Between happy hours, work parties, and family gatherings, the number of drunk drivers on the road at this time of year can be a danger to all.

Illinois State Police previously issued an alert for what they recognize as the "Fatal Four." Common moving violations were identified and include the following:

  • Speeding;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Seatbelt violations; and
  • Driving under the influence.

If you encounter an impaired driver while traveling, MADD suggests keeping a safe distance from the vehicle. Do not try to pass the vehicle. But, if you are able to do so, record the vehicle's license plate number and car details. Finally, pull over and call 911. Providing law enforcement with the vehicle's location can help prevent other drivers from encountering a dangerous driver.

Additionally, if you plan to celebrate the season with a few drinks, make transportation arrangements ahead of time. Be conscientious of the fact that a patrol stop for a moving violation, like speeding, can result in a far more serious offense if alcohol is factor. A DUI arrest can be costly in more ways than one. It can involve:

  • Attorney fees;
  • Court costs;
  • Insurance fees and an increase in rates;
  • Suspension of driving privileges; and
  • Jail time.

The financial cost and legal repercussions for a DUI is dependent on the offense. A first or second conviction is reported as a Class A misdemeanor, while a third conviction and higher can be listed as a felony.

If you are currently facing a drunk driving charge in Illinois, contact an experienced Arlington Heights DUI attorney today to discuss your legal options.

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