A DUI Caution For The Holidays

Along with the lights, beauty and joy of the holiday season comes the fun associated with parties and gatherings.  For many people, more celebrations also correlate with more alcohol.  Unfortunately, no matter how much the word gets out, some people will use poor judgment and make the bad choice to drink and drive.
The Vernon Hills Police Department wants everyone to have a safe holiday.  To help accomplish this, the Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has provided some sobering statistics that, if kept in mind, might help keep someone’s holiday from turning into a nightmare.
The following information was obtained from the 2019 Illinois Secretary of State DUI Fact Book: 

  • The average cost of a DUI conviction in Illinois is $18,030.00.
  • In Illinois, 330 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2017.
  • In 2017, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office recorded 27,046 DUI arrests.
  • 91% of all drivers arrested for DUI in 2017, who were eligible, lost their driving privileges.

In Illinois, the legal limit for intoxication is .08 blood alcohol content (BAC).  However, many people don't realize that an individual with a BAC between .05 and .08 may be convicted of DUI if additional evidence shows the driver was impaired.
The effect of alcohol on an individual is determined primarily by two factors: the amount of alcohol consumed and the rate at which it is absorbed by the body. Other contributing factors include gender, body weight, alcohol tolerance, mood, environment and the amount of food consumed.
The only way to rid the body of alcohol is time.  Fresh air, coffee, showers or food will not help a person become sober.  It takes about an hour for the body to metabolize one drink.  Each of the following has a comparable amount of alcohol and counts as one drink: one 12-ounce beer, one 5-ounce glass of wine, and one 1.5 ounce shot of hard liquor all contain a comparable amount of alcohol. (The amount of alcohol in a poured/mixed drink is dependant on the type of drink and the person who pours it.)
The Vernon Hills Police Department reminds everyone that if a person is going to make the decision to drink alcohol, he/she must also be prepared to make the responsible decision to either stop drinking before becoming intoxicated or not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. 
While calling or asking someone else for a ride might be inconvenient or embarrassing, it’s better than the alternative.  In addition to being safe choices, ride sharing services and cabs are most certainly cheaper than being arrested.

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