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Illinois drunk driving by the numbers

Mothers Against Drunk Driving maintains a continually updated database on drunk driving statistics by each state. MADD uses this information to press state lawmakers to improve their laws to punish and discourage drunk driving. This post will go over that report and how it may apply to you.

Illinois was one of the first states to introduce the all-offender ignition interlock laws. All offender ignition interlock laws means that all offenders can have ignition interlock devices installed on their cars. These devices lock onto the steering wheel of a vehicle and prevent it from operating unless the driver blows into the device and unlocks it. The device checks the driver's breath for alcohol and if the driver fails, the device locks up the vehicle.

Since 2009, Illinois has seen a steady drop in drunken driving fatalities however ignition interlock devices only account for a little more than 20 percent of eligible offenders. This means that if this installation rate can be increased, then drunken driving fatalities could go even lower.

According to data pertaining to the most recent year cited on the MADD website, there were 34,611 DUI-related arrests in Illinois. Those 34,611 yielded 14,343 convictions. Among those arrested, they killed 317 people in traffic deaths. Those 317 people represented 34.3 percent of all traffic deaths, still a very large number but a slight decrease from the previous year.

If you were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs then you may want to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The severity of your punishment depends upon the circumstances of your arrest and any prior charges you may have. The more serious the circumstances, like getting into an accident, the more serious the penalties. Most first time offenders can avoid jail or prison time but not if they killed or injured someone. An attorney can help you present a vigorous defense to ensure that your rights are respected.

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