Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. According to CyberDriveIllinois.com's 2013 DUI Fact Book, there were 2,593 DUI arrests in Lake County in 2011; 3,071 DUI arrests in 2010; and 3,029 DUI arrests in 2009. DUI facts from …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
If you insist on driving after a few drinks, here's what you should know about how alcohol affects your system
Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation? As we head into the holiday season, Patch wants to help you determine when enough is enough. Get local news in a daily email from Patch. It's like getting a free newspaper. Learn more. When police pull drivers over for suspected drunken driving, officers ask them to perform field sobriety tests and to take a breath test to measure Blood Alcohol Content. A BAC test measures the percentage of alcohol present in a person's bloodstream. Illinois's legal limit is 0.08. According to the Virginia Tech Alcohol Abuse Prevention website, every 40 minutes, 0.01 percent of alcohol leaves your system. Check out the chart in the media portion of …
Monday, September 10, 2012
An attorney argues that the appearance of favoritism and the apparent hush-hush coverage will probably make no difference in the criminal prosecution of the 18-year-old who drove into a family, killing a 5-year-old, last Monday.
Monday, September 10, 2012
By William Peacock, Esq. Is Carly Rousso being treated differently in an alleged DUI crash that killed a little girl? Or perhaps a better question is: Will Rousso's apparently privileged upbringing even make a difference? Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento: The Story So Far Sure, things seem to be going a little easier so far for Rousso, the 18-year-old daughter of two prominent North Shore residents. Initial reports about the death of 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento indicated only that a car drove up on a sidewalk and struck her, her brothers, and her mother. There was no mention of possible alcohol or drug involvement. And yes, it did take until Wednesday night, after a lot of complaining by a local Hispanic-community activist and the mayor of…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Lawyers for Mark Ditka Look to Get DUI Charge Tossed Out
Charging bias by a particular Deerfield Police officer, lawyers for Mark Ditka plan to return to court in two weeks and present evidence that they say will allow a "favorable disposition" for their client. The 48-year-old son of former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka was in Lake County Circuit Court Wednesday for a status hearing. During that next hearing, set for 1:30 p.m. March 21, attorneys Robert Ritacca and new co-counsel Charles L. Schneider plan to provide information to Lake County Circuit Court Judge Brian Hughes that will show that the officer who arrested Ditka was the same one who arrested his brother, Michael Ditka, and that the officer had a bias against them, Ritacca said. At that time attorneys will file a motion to dismiss …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Charlie Pecaro receives one year court supervision.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro pleaded guilty to drunk-driving charges last Friday and will receive one year of court supervision, a 30-day suspension of his driver's license and a fine, according to the Highland Park News. Earlier: Highwood Mayor Arrested for Drunk Driving Pecaro, 42, was stopped by police at 2:34 a.m. on Sept. 4 near the intersection of Half Day Road and Western in Highland Park, about a half mile from his home on the first block of Exmoor Court in Highwood, according to the Highland Park Police Department's arrest report. The Highwood mayor was charged with having blood alcohol content over the state's .08 limit as well as operating a vehicle with no head/tail lights and following too closely. If Pecaro adheres to the …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Quick reaction prevents possible serious injuries after Highland Park man passes near squad car.
A close call on Deerfield Road has landed one Highland Park man in trouble with the law. According to a police report, two officers had pulled over April 12 to deal with a traffic stop when another car passed extremely close to where they parked. “I observed him [the Deerfield officer] pulling the squad car door towards him and attempting to get out of the way of the vehicle by re-entering his squad [car],” the other officer said in a statement about his colleague's maneuver. “The vehicle passed Officer Carner, missing him by approximately 12 inches,” he added. When police caught up with the vehicle's driver, they reported that 37-year-old James Carroll’s speech was slurred. The officers also discovered that Carroll had bloodshot eyes and …
Friday, March 18, 2011
The following incidents were reported by the Deerfield Police Department on March 5 & 6.
Police spotted a Mercedes Benz weaving in and out of its lane on March 5. When officers pulled Dzmitry Sazanovich, of Deerfield over they say he smelled like alcohol. The 21-year-old told police he was headed from Petergof Nightclub and had two beers while he was there. After failing a sobriety test, Sazanovich was charged with a DUI, speeding, improper use of registration and driving an uninsured vehicle. On March 6 police got a call about a vehicle on the east limit of Deerfield Road driving with its trunk open. The caller told officers two male occupants were “drinking “ inside. When police pulled 28-year-old Douglas Wilmurth of Michigan over they say he smelled like alcohol. Officers also spotted beer cans on the floor of the car. …