If you were arrested for DUI, you likely registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least .08 percent on a Breathalyzer test administered by the officer who pulled you over. It's illegal throughout the country to drive with a BAC at that level. You may not know, however, just what "blood alcohol content" refers to and what factors can impact it.
If your driver's license has been suspended because of a DUI, you may be able to continue driving as long as you have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in your vehicle. A BAIID works similarly to a Breathalyzer. You need to breathe into it before you can start your vehicle. If it detects at least .025 percent blood alcohol content (BAC), the ignition won't work. You will also be prompted at random times while driving to breathe into it again.
According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), just 10 percent of licensed drivers are under 21. However, 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes involve these underage drivers.
A man from Chicago had a female passenger on the back of his motorcycle when the vehicle went out of control and crashed. It does not appear that the man was badly hurt -- although both he and the passenger wound up in the emergency room. However, the woman on the motorcycle was seriously injured. She lost teeth, broke her jaw and cut her face badly enough to need eight stitches. She will probably suffer from permanent disfigurement.
Are young people more likely to be arrested on DUI charges? Or, since they can legally buy alcohol, are older adults more likely to get pulled over for driving while intoxicated?
You think it will be safe to drive when you're getting ready to leave the bar. Sure, you had a few drinks, but you really came here with friends to get a meal and spend some quality time after work. You don't even think you're drunk.
A woman from Minnesota was in Illinois, sitting in her car at a gas station, when police arrested her. They say she was under the influence and she is facing DUI charges.
Most people that open up the newspaper and read about a drunk driving story will have an instinctual reaction to it: that driver must be guilty. This is in part because the way drunk driving is portrayed (we are conditioned to think all drunk drivers are bad people acting poorly, when this isn't always the case) and in part because of the assumption that there are no viable ways for the person accused of driving under the influence to defend himself or herself.