Experts Say New Laws Work in Curbing Alcohol Fatalities

By Thompson, Don | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 30, 1998 | Go to article overview

Experts Say New Laws Work in Curbing Alcohol Fatalities


Thompson, Don, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Don Thompson Daily Herald State Government Writer

SPRINGFIELD - A slew of new laws helped curb the number of alcohol-related crash fatalities, experts say.

Among them:

- Four strikes and you're out, meaning four drunken-driving convictions ensure you'll never get back your license.

- Harsher penalties for anyone convicted of DUI on a suspended or revoked license.

- No court supervision for anyone charged with DUI and convicted in the last 10 years of driving with a revoked/suspended license.

- Prosecutors can seek seizure of the vehicle from anyone convicted of three DUIs, driving drunk while on a suspended/revoked license, or reckless homicide: "You may get your (third) DUI and the state's attorney says, 'Thank you, I'll be taking that Beemer (BMW),' " said Brad Fralick, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving-Illinois.

- Reckless homicide is a 'truth in sentencing' offense, meaning the offender must serve 85 percent of the sentence instead of a typical 36 percent. Before, a typical offender received an eight-year sentence but served about 2.9 years.

- The secretary of state can require a second offender to pay for and install an ignition interlock device, at a cost of $800 or more, in order to be allowed to drive. …

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