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 10,175 DUI arrests in Cook County in 2011. DUI facts from CyberDriveIllinois.com:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
On what may be the biggest drinking "holiday" of the year, Cook County announces a new plan for roadside DUI death memorials.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The night before Thanksgiving is known as the biggest party night of the year. Almost a holiday unto itself with a name of its own, Black Wednesday is a night to rival New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day for overindulgence in alcohol. In many communities, extra officers will be on patrol and local officials warn bar owners not to overserve their patrons. So it's not a coincidence that Cook County this week announced a new DUI Memorial Program. For $150, families of anyone killed in a DUI fatality can purchase a roadside memorial marker to be placed alongside any highway under the county's jurisdiction. The marker includes a “Please Don’t Drink and Drive” sign and an optional commemorative plaque with the deceased loved one’s name and …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Group threatens man, woman's dog stolen from business.
The following items are taken from the Des Plaines Police Department. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Aggravated assault/ Multiple charges May 7: One man and two minors faced multiple charges after police questioned them during a traffic stop following a complaint from a man on the 2000 block of South Pine Street. The victim stated that about 20 men had been standing on his lawn, threatening him with baseball bats and bricks, when he phoned police. Police stopped the offenders because they matched a description given by the victim. Hulises Pozo, 20, of the 800 block of Colonial Drive in …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Daughter attempts to walk home after father gets into accident because she doesn't want to "upset her parents."
The following items are taken from the Des Plaines Police Department. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Arson April 30: Police observed an empty, parked vehicle engulfed in flames on the 1800 block of Welwyn Avenue. The fire was extinguished and no on was harmed. Several witnesses said that they observed eight men around the car before the fire broke out, and saw them flee the scene after the fire broke out, but did not see any of the men start the fire and couldn't identify them. The owner of the vehicle arrived on the scene and said that her boyfriend is the primary driver of the vehicle. …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thief loses multiple items as bags carrying stolen merchandise rip.
The following items are taken from the Des Plaines Police Department. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Burglary April 6: Police responded to a burglary at Foremost Liquors, 1135 S. Lee St. An unknown offender busted open the glass front door using a piece of concrete and stole various bottles of liquor, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and pornographic magazines, some of which were scattered outside the business. It appears the thief attempted to layer the items in various plastic bags, which were ripping as he fled the scene. Police observed a trail of small, plastic baggies with small …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
420 vehicles pass through roadside safety checkpoint.
Des Plaines Police just compiled the results of their 10 day St. Patrick's Day Campaign. The enforcement was made possible by a Traffic Safety Grant from IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation). Stations included one roadside safety checkpoint, six seatbelt enforcement zones and six DUI saturation patrols. The following is a summary of tickets issued, charges and arrests made. This information was made available by the Des Plaines Police Department. Seatbelt Enforcement Zones: Roadside Safety Checkpoint: (420 vehicles passed through the checkpoint) DUI Saturation Patrols: (12 DUI arrests were made, 10 under the grant and two on separate patrol)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Woman flees the scene of an accident with children in the vehicle, charged with DUI.
Sunday morning at 1:42 a.m. police observed a woman in a van fleeing the scene of an accident at the corner of Graceland Avenue and Miner Street, conveniently located right outside of the police station. Officers caught up with the woman when the vehicle broke down on the 500 block of Graceland Ave. Diane M. Baker, 45, of the 1400 block of Whitcomb Ave. was charged with disobeying a traffic control device, leaving the scene of a crash, no valid proof of insurance, driving under the influence and two counts of endangering the life of a child. Baker admitted to fleeing the scene and also admitted that her two children were in the vehicle at the time of the crash after which she transported the children to another vehicle. It is unclear at …