A Schaumburg family decides to host a Halloween party at their home since bars and restaurants in Illinois are still not allowing gatherings larger than 10 people. After being in lock down for months, they are looking forward to having friends and family to let loose and celebrate. They splurge and spend a lot of money on the bar, and their guests let loose and indulge. The host of the party has invited his brothers and their families, and those over the age of 21 have fun playing a Halloween themed drinking game. Two hours later, one of the kids starts to complain of a headache. His dad has had a few shots during the drinking game but decides that he is fine to drive. On the way home he hears a siren behind him and knows he is being pulled over for drunk driving. Now he is facing DUI charges, including potential jail time and a fine.
Illinois Residents May be More Likely to Drink This Halloween Than Before
We have the perfect storm when it comes to DUIs on Halloween this year. After over seven months of dealing with the coronavirus, including shutdowns and job losses, people are more stressed than they have been in a long time. Parents have been home with their kids trying to work full-time and keep up with their online schooling. Many are worried about paying their bills, and the upcoming election has many on edge. DUIs are always a concern on holidays, but this year people have a huge incentive to drink and let loose on Halloween. All of these factors could combine to create an increase in DUI arrests.
Police Officers Across Illinois Are Increasing DUI Checkpoints
Despite the coronavirus shutdown limitations in place, police departments across Illinois are gearing up for DUI enforcement on Halloween. The federal government awards traffic funds to states as part of a “drive sober or get pulled over” campaign. The Illinois’ Department of Transportation uses these funds to increase its law enforcement presence on Halloween. They are reminding Illinois residents that even one alcoholic drink can impair your ability to make good decisions. Driving while impaired by marijuana, alcohol, or any other substance is illegal in Illinois. They have offered the following tips for Illinois residents to avoid DUI charges this Halloween:
Use a designated driver, even if you are at a house party
- Plan to travel home safely by using public transportation, a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft, or by calling a sober family member or friend
- Contact the police department if you see a driver who seems impaired on Halloween
- If you notice a friend or family member who is impaired, take their keys from them so they cannot drive while intoxicated
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