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Illinois Man Faces DUI Charges for Passing Out in Vehicle

November 5th, 2013 at 10:12 am

illinois-passed-out-duiAccording to the Palos Patch, Palos Heights police were dispatched on a report of a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. This call led to the arrest of 26-year-old Nikola Zecevic.

When law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, they observed Zecevic asleep in his vehicle. When police woke him up, he displayed signs of being intoxicated. He allegedly failed all of the field sobriety tests and he was given a breathalyzer, which showed that he had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. He was arrested for DUI and he was given a bond of $3,000.00.

In this case, although he was not driving the vehicle at the time, a provision of the law known as care and control comes into play. If the intoxicated person is sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, he is control of the car. Some people are under the misconception that if the keys are not in the ignition, there can be no charges. Upon going to court, the person charged or his Illinois DUI lawyer has to prove that the person had no intention on driving the vehicle.

Another misconception is that sitting in the back seat of the vehicle to sleep it off will deem you safe from prosecution. This is also not true. At any moment, in an intoxicated state, you may change your mind and decide that you can drive home. It does not matter whom the car belongs to or where the car is.

Therefore, if you decide to park in front of your own home and you pass out before you can make it inside, you can be arrested. If you decided to leave your drunken friend in the car to let him get some sleep because you don’t feel like carrying him, he can be arrested.

The safest way to go is to have a designated driver when you know you will be drinking or leave the car at home. If you are someone you know is in need of an experienced Illinois DUI attorney, contact Ramsell & Associates, LLC, by calling 1-800-DIAL-DUI.

Sobriety Checkpoints Discourage Drunk Driving

October 21st, 2013 at 9:30 am

One of the easiest ways to die behind the wheel or kill a driver or passenger in another car is to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Since the 1950s, more than one national campaign has been launched to raise awareness about drunk driving, and they’ve had a significant impact: the percentage of people killed or injured in drunk driving accidents continues to decline annually. According to CNN Money Magazine, “alcohol-related traffic deaths, one of the leading types of fatal traffic accidents, declined by 7.4 percent between 2008 and 2009.” That still translates to nearly 11,000 deaths every year in alcohol-related accidents, about one-third of all traffic deaths. And yet the fact that it’s continued to decline is hopeful, and promising.

 One reason for the decline could be the increased number of checkpoints in major cities across the country. According to, in mid-July “law enforcement agencies in Independence, Kansas City, Olathe, and Overland Park” set up sobriety checkpoints on major patrol thruways over the weekend, so as to catch people speeding or driving drunk. Every driver was required to stop and blow into a breathalyzer if driving past the checkpoint. The Olathe sobriety checkpoint was set up between the hours of 11pm on Friday and 3am on Saturday.

These checkpoints not only serve to catch drunk drivers, but to get them off the road. In 2010, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 134 traffic deaths in Kansas and 31 percent of these were alcohol-related. That means that less than one-third of all traffic deaths can be attributed to drunk drivers. In 2011 there were only 108 traffic deaths in Kansas, and only 28 percent of them were alcohol-related. This statistic came on the heels of a 2.5 percent reduction nationwide in all drunk driving deaths reported between 2011 and 2010.

A drunk driving accident in which you or someone you know was seriously injured may be cause for compensation. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in which alcohol was involved, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois personal injury attorney today.

Chicago Police Making More DUI Arrests

October 11th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Illinois DUI Arrests IncreaseA recent study found there has been a significant increase in the driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made by the Chicago Police.

The DUI study, conducted by Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), revealed a 25 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2012, compared to the total number in 2011. The AAIM conducted the study utilizing grant money from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The total number of DUI arrests in 2012 was 3,795, up from 3,037 in 2011. The study cited two Chicago police officers having the most significant number of arrests. One officer made 179 arrests and the other officer made 154 DUI arrests. The Illinois State Police officer cited with the highest number of arrests took 205 alleged drunk driving motorists into custody.

In the report, AAIM Vice President Marto Belluschi called drunk drivers who are busted “the lucky ones” because they are stopped by an officer “rather than a tree, another car or a small child.”

The legal blood alcohol limit (BAC) in Illinois is .08. According to the Secretary of State, it would take a 170-pound man four drinks consumed on an empty stomach in one hour to hit that limit. A 137-pound woman would need three drinks in an hour to hit that limit. Examples of one drink include 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or a cocktail containing 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

Other statistics provided by the Secretary of State’s Office include:

  • Three out of four DUI offenders are men.
  • The average age is 34, with 60 percent under the age of 35.
  • The average DUI offender is arrested between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. on a weekend.
  • The average drunken driver is caught with a blood alcohol level of .16 percent, or twice the legal limit.

Even a first time DUI offender faces loss of license for one year plus fines and court fees. If you’ve been arrested and accused of drunken driving, contact an experienced DuPage County DUI attorney to ensure your rights are protected in the criminal court process.

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