December 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am
As families and friends prepare to travel for the upcoming holidays, Illinois residents should be mindful of the rules of the road, and remember that celebrating visitors, charged with an out-of-state DUI, will face consequences in both their home state as well as in Illinois. And depending on the laws of a visitor’s home state, a driver’s license could be suspended or revoked automatically upon arrest.
DMV.org reports that Illinois has an aggressive anti-DUI program and arrests more than 50,000 people in an average year.” In fact, an Illinois DUI offense covers “all types of impaired driving, from driving drunk to driving while under the influence of drugs (whether prescribed, abused or illegal).” In addition, the “Illinois 2013 Rules of the Road” publication notes that when driving on Illinois roadways, drivers “automatically consent to submit to certain tests.” These types can include breath, blood and/or urine tests to help determine if an individual has been drinking or using any other drug or intoxicating compound before or while driving.” The publication also lists several rules to follow when pulled over by law enforcement.
- Slow down and pull over safely as soon as possible.
- Stay in the driver’s seat with both hands clearly in sight on the steering wheel until the officer instructs otherwise or the traffic stop is complete.
- Do not exit the vehicle unless instructed to do so.
- If you are suspected of drunk driving, cooperate with the officer(s) on scene. If you refuse to submit to breath, blood or performance tests, your refusal could result in loss of driving privileges.
Illinois residents should also remember that the state has a reciprocal agreement with other states, and if you are pulled over and refuse testing, it will still trigger a suspension of your license in Illinois. If you live out-of-state and were charged with a DUI while visiting or traveling through Illinois, contact an experienced Illinois Out-of-State DUI attorney today for a free case evaluation, and remember, please be safe this holiday season.