Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP Comments on 2014 Illinois DUI Survey
The 2014 Illinois DUI Survey presents some noteworthy statistics & Dustin Smith, attorney at law, discusses them.
“Impaired driving of any kind, whether the impairment is caused by alcohol or drugs places the driver, passengers and other motorists at risk”
On July 1, 2014 the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists released the results of its 2013 Annual Illinois DUI Arrest Survey.
The survey, which has been published annually since 1990 to track police department performance throughout Illinois serves “to determine how many DUI arrests they make and to give recognition to the most productive departments and police officers.”
“Of all the people who died in Illinois motor vehicle crashes, thirty-five percent lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver, that is more than 350 deaths each year,” said Rita Kreslin, Executive Director of AAIM.”
“Impaired driving of any kind, whether the impairment is caused by alcohol or drugs places the driver, passengers and other motorists at risk” comments Dustin Smith, a principal at Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP a firm that specializes in criminal law. “This survey helps bring attention to the problem of driving while under the influence and AAIM should be commended for their efforts.”
In terms of arrest volume, Rockford once again led the state with 556 arrests, followed closely by Naperville which recorded 553 arrests. As a Nation there have been as many as 1.5 million drunk driving arrests per year in the United States. Statistics released by the Traffic Safety Administration in 2012 indicate there were 10,322 deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers, a 4.6 percent increase in the fatality figure from 2011.
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According to the Secretary of State’s Office in Illinois, during 2012 there were 37,126 statutory summary suspensions recorded by the Secretary of State’s Office. By year’s end court dispositions were reported for 41% (15,253) of the cases. Of those, 29% resulted in convictions and 66% received court supervision. Another 5% of the cases resulted in other dispositions such as convictions for reckless driving. “This shows the value of having expert representation when charged with DUI. An arrest is not a conviction and while no one should be driving while under the influence the statistics indicate that many drivers who are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence are later proven to have been innocent of the charge in a court of law,” comments Smith.
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