Jesse White, the Secretary of State, agrees that town prosectuors need to obey the state law, which states no matter the circumstances, a license is lost after a DUI. In the Chicago Tribune, he was quoted and said, "'DUI offenders should have to face the consequences of driving drunk. Paying steeper fines should not allow offenders to escape the penalties of their actions.'"
A street sign in Illinois reminding drivers what the legal limit is, educating them to prevent DUIs.
With an alcohol limit of 0.08, one can consume approximately four drinks.
In Downers Grove, by simply paying a fine 26% higher (280 dollars more) than the average fine that includes a temporary removal of a license, they are allowed to keep their license. For members of middle-upper class, this number is so minuscule and people would happily pay an extra 280 if it means keeping their license. This is hardly a punishment for residents of wealthier suburbs like Downers Grove.
If someone convicted of a DUI and did not lose their license, they could just drive drunk the next day and risk getting into a crash yet again. This is particularly concerning to me, for I just got my license a couple of weeks ago. Driving itself is already intimidating and frightening, and when you add drunk drivers into the mix, it puts drivers, like myself, at a greater risk of getting in an accident. I, like many other teenagers, usually drive on weekend nights (when the most drunk drivers are out), and would prefer to drive on streets where everyone is aware and safe.
The state law regarding DUIs in Illinois right now is severe, but it is what we need to limit the amount of drunk drivers. If the law continues being used loosely, people will continue to drink and drive and put more people in danger of being injured, or possibly dying. Everyday in America, approximately 28 people die a day (10,220 people a year) as a result of drunk driving crashes, one being Sarah McCausland, a New Trier graduate who was killed by a drunk driver at the beginning of this year. Maybe all this could have been prevented if people saw drinking and driving as a serious matter and obeyed the consequences presented in the state law.