Lowering Illinois DUI limit?

June 19th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

According to a recent article, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has expressed support of the idea of reducing the state drunk-driving limit from .08 to .05 blood alcohol content.

LaraThe National Transportation Safety Board has reported that this change could reduce the risk of car accidents by half.  Although they recommend that the entire nation adopt this new DUI limit, it will be up to each state’s lawmakers to make that decision.

Illinois State Rep. Dennis Reboletti has stated that our lawmakers will need to work with the secretary of state’s office as well as police in order to determine if this change should be made.

Reboletti has raised the point that the limit was once at .10 and was decreased to .08.  He has also said that a task force would be needed to “look over” the suggestion during the summer to see if it’s truly reasonable.

Reboletti also proposed his own drunk-driving legislation recently, in which punishments for drivers-for-hire who are caught driving drunk will be much more severe.

Reboletti said, “I think it’s pretty fair to say if you are out drinking with friends and you hire a bus or a cab, you don’t want the driver to be more drunk than you are.”

This new proposal is reportedly in response to a limo driver being charged with a DUI while taking Oswego High School students to their prom.

In that situation, the driver would only be charged with a misdemeanor DUI.  Under Illinois law, a driver-for-hire can only be charged with an aggravated DUI on a first offense if they are transporting passengers under the age of 18.

If you have any questions at all about this new proposal, especially if it does become reality, contact an experienced Illinois DUI lawyer to assist you.

 

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