According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report regarding fatal accidents nationwide, more drivers tested positive for drugs in their systems than for alcohol in 2015. Law enforcement officials in Illinois have claimed that they can often see the effects of drugs on drivers but cannot identify the precise substance or measure the exact amount that is present in the body during a traffic stop. In February 2018, however, police in the northwestern portion of the state will begin conducting a new roadside test that is designed to determine both.
Police in Illinois have reported that a 27-year-old man who was taken into custody on drug and weapons charges on Dec. 9 had been released from prison four months ago. Media accounts indicate that the man was apprehended after losing control of his vehicle while fleeing law enforcement. He faces a raft of charges, including the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, the possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated fleeing and eluding.
A 28-year-old Illinois man has been sentenced to four years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges in Jackson County. Officers with the City of Carbondale Police Department took the man into custody in July 2016 after receiving a tip from Amtrak investigators. The man's brother had earlier been sentenced to four years of probation after admitting to possessing marijuana.
Before leaving office in January 2017, President Obama took action to reduce harsh sentences handed out to people convicted of federal drug crimes. He believed that sentencing guidelines had condemned too many people to lengthy prison terms. He expressed his desire to undo the systematic injustice imposed on people in Illinois and throughout the country by harsh mandatory minimum sentences. His final batch of commutations significantly reduced the sentences of 330 people held in federal prisons.
Illinois fans of NFL player Geronimo Allison might have heard that he was stopped for speeding on Sept. 4, 2016 and that the traffic stop led to additional charges. His speed was reported to be 81 mph in a 70 mph zone. According to the officer who stopped him, the interior of his car smelled like marijuana.
Residents of Illinois should know that possessing certain synthetic drugs is illegal. Bath salts and spice, in particular, are two synthetic drugs that have seen widespread use during the last few years.
One of the significant penalties a person can be given for a state conviction on cocaine possession is a prison term.