Drunk driving

Area law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to drive safe during events before and after New Year’s Eve.  They say drivers should always buckle-up, put away their cellphones, and never drink and drive.  But Illinois State Police Trooper Ross Green says residents should have a backup plan in place before they start consuming alcohol:

Data from the Illinois Secretary of State's office show that more than 5,000 Illinoisans who were convicted of drunken driving four times and had their licenses revoked could legally drive again under a new state law. 

Illinois will begin putting ignition locking devices on the vehicles of drivers with two or more drunken driving convictions.

East Peoria Police crackdown on impaired driving

Aug 25, 2015

The East Peoria Police Department reminds drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver.  

State measure would increase drunk driving penalties

May 14, 2013

House Republicans in Illinois have introduced a measure that would increase the penalties for hired drivers who work while drunk. Violators would be charged with a felony, which is punishable with up to three years in prison. Representative Dennis Reboletti, a Republican from Elmhurst, says currently only school bus drivers can be charged with felony DUI's.   Other hired drivers who are caught drinking while driving can only get a misdemeanor charge.  Reboletti says that isn't tough enough.