Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Drive High, Get a DUI.
Seasoned Illinois drivers are well acquainted with those messages delivered periodically by public bodies with the requisite muscle to enforce them.
Such admonitions – delivered publicly and across multiple advertising formats – are especially prominent during vacation periods and each year’s recurring holiday seasons.
Which, of course, we are in the near midst of right now. The year-ending Christmas holidays are fast approaching, which spells joy for countless individuals and families in Illinois and across the country.
But not everyone. In fact, the brief period immediately preceding Christmas and running through New Years Day is notable each year for one reason that brings gloom for many otherwise heartened revelers.
That is this: their arrest and criminal conviction on an alcohol-impaired or drugged-driving charge.
That outcome is a spiked possibility for select Illinois motorists each year around this time, coinciding with the annual rollout of the above-cited Drive Sober anti-DUI enforcement campaign. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch article from last year spotlights the scope and force of that initiative, noting that the 2018 Drive Sober program featured heightened participation from nearly 200 police agencies spanning the state.
Their message was simple, stressing a zero-tolerance response to any detained motorist alleged to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The mantra is the same this year, and it was ushered in just last week in Washington, D.C., via a message from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA stresses the $8 million in additional funding that it will be providing to state and local bodies this year.
“Law enforcement is going to be out there,” says NHTSA Acting Administrator James Owens.
Drivers in St. Clair County and adjoining areas of Illinois having concerns regarding a DUI stop or charge can contact a proven Fairview Heights criminal defense team for guidance and, when necessary, diligent legal representation.