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DUI Enforcement

The Traffic Section coordinates the Department’ DUI Enforcement efforts. 322 DUI arrests were made in 2008. Two Traffic Section Deputies are assigned to evening shifts during times that DUI arrests are routinely made. One deputy’s salary is funded through a grant that the Traffic Section applied for and received from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Several squad cars are equipped with state-of-the-art video camera systems that are routinely used to videotape the actions of offenders arrested for DUI. Several of these video systems were awarded to the Sheriff’s Office because of our past DUI efforts.

Deputies also have access to 28 Portable Breath Testing Devices, to aid their efforts of conducting field sobriety tests to suspected DUI offenders. All department issued PBT’s are calibrated by a Traffic Section deputy every 91 days, in accordance with State guidelines.

A Portable Intoxilyzer unit was purchased in 2001 and is used for Roadside Safety Checks.

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Illinois Vehicle Code

Driving Under The Influence

Driving Under the Influence is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and / or drugs. Alcohol affects your overall ability to drive a vehicle. Alcohol slows your reaction time and inhibits your response to act in an emergency.

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Blood Alcohol Concentration

According to the CDC

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Drunk Driving and Young People

According to an AMA article dated Feb. 12th 2008

Approximately 11 million American youth under the age of 21 drink alcohol. Nearly half of them drink to excess, consuming five or more drinks in a row, one or more times in a two week period. Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by high school seniors, and its use is increasing. Boys usually try alcohol for the first time at just 11 years old, while the average age for American girls' first drink is 13. In short, our nation's youth are flirting with disaster.

Consider the facts:

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