It’s common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal and extremely dangerous. Every year, thousands of drivers are arrested for DUI across Illinois. However, many people may not know that it is possible to receive a DUI charge without consuming alcohol. Driving while under the influence of certain medications can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, and it can also result in heavy fines and jail sentences.
Recently in White Heath, the driver of a school bus was arrested on DUI charges. Police say they received reports of a bus that had been driving erratically. According to reports, police located the bus on Interstate 72 and initiated a traffic stop.
Reportedly, the bus contained several students who were on the way back from a wrestling match at a nearby school. The driver of the bus was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and also charged with reckless endangerment of a child, authorities said. According to school officials, the driver of the bus had passed all required tests earlier in the school year.
Police forces across the state of Illinois have increased efforts to combat the increasing problem of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Although receiving a DUI charge can be an absolutely devastating feeling, those who are charged have options available to help them achieve the best possible outcome. Illinois residents who have been charged with DUI have the right to seek legal counsel. An experienced criminal defense attorney can offer protection of rights and provide much-needed guidance during this trying time.