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Marijuana DUIs increase among drivers

More people in Illinois and across the United States are driving under the influence of marijuana while fewer are driving drunk, according to the results of a national roadway study. As the number of drivers testing positive for alcohol decreased by 77 percent between 1973 and 2014, the number of drivers showing a marijuana-positive result rose by 50 percent between 2007 to 2014.

Study shows mandatory interlock laws reduce drunk driving deaths

Lawmakers in Illinois and around the country have been given fact-based evidence from researchers concerning the efficacy of laws that impose ignition interlock devices on the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers. These devices prevent vehicle operation when they detect alcohol in the driver. A study that analyzed more than three decades of national data on alcohol-related traffic fatalities found that these deaths went down the most in states where all people convicted of a DUI offense had to use ignition interlocks.

Impaired driving and its negative consequences

Illinois residents have certainly heard stories about drivers impaired after drinking alcohol or using marijuana. However, authorities say that there is a growing trend involving drivers who use heroin or similar types of substances. According to the 2014 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 10 million people aged 12 and older admitted to driving while under the influence of illicit drugs such as heroin or meth.

The multiple ways to determine impairment

After passing a Breathalyzer test, an Illinois motorist may feel relieved that they won't be charged with a DUI. However, this will not always be the case. An officer may decide that an individual is acting too jovial or hostile, which can then be seen as a sign of impairment. Furthermore, if an individual admits to drinking prior to driving, they could still be charged with a DUI.

DHHS survey indicates that fewer Americans drive drunk

Law enforcement agencies in Illinois and across the country have clamped down on drunk driving in recent years, and these efforts appear to be paying off according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. When the survey was first taken in 2002, a worrying 15.3 percent of the driving age Americans polled admitted to driving while impaired by alcohol during the previous year. However, that figure has been falling steadily ever since.

Companies seeking to develop marijuana tests

Illinois is one of many states that have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, there are growing concerns when it comes to public safety, particularly surrounding the use of marijuana when driving. In fact, a study found that the number of car accidents involving drivers who were under the influence of marijuana actually doubled in Washington following the legalization of the substance for personal use in that state.

Potalyzer may change marijuana impaired driving tests

A device may change the way police in Tennessee and around the country test for impaired driving. Researchers at Stanford University have used magnetic biosensors to test for the presence of THC in saliva. THC is the most potent psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Law enforcement screening for THC had been dependent upon urine or blood tests, but both pose problems in terms of proving intoxication at the time the sample is drawn.

Driver in car-motorcycle crash had previous DUI

A 37-year-old Carlyle woman is facing felony DUI charges after she struck a motorcyclist in rural Madison County and then left the scene of the accident. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, the woman had a clean driving record despite a previous DUI charge in 2012. Family members report that the motorcyclist, a 31-year old man from Pocahontas, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was hospitalized and in a coma.

How alcohol hinders driving ability

When having a few drinks while at an Illinois bar or restaurant, most people do not have breath testing equipment that they can use to figure out whether they are okay to drive or not. However, evaluating the level of sobriety might not be accurate as the blood alcohol concentration could be higher than one thinks. The following information refers to the estimated BAC for an 160-pound man after consuming the given number of drinks in one hour.

Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for DUI crash

On July 5, an Illinois man was sentenced to three years in prison for a drunk driving accident that occurred on Aug. 23, 2015. The 31-year-old man was handed several charges for his role in a two-car accident that seriously injured six people. After failing to stop at a stop sign, the man struck a car that was being driven by a 24-year-old woman with five passengers.

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