DUI Enforcement Will Intensify This Weekend

Jun 29, 2016
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Fourth of July weekend will be a “No Refusal” weekend in Winnebago County for drivers who are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato is moving ahead with an idea from South Beloit Police Chief Dean Stiegemeier, to intensify DUI enforcement.

Stiegemeier had success with a similar program while he was deputy police chief in Carpentersville in Kane County.

State of Illinois

After four DUI convictions, drivers in Illinois permanently lose their licenses. But some who fall in that group could get the chance to drive again in 2016.

A new law that goes into effect in January will allow those with four DUI’s on their record a chance to apply for a restricted license. To get one, applicants would have to prove they have been sober for three years. 


Lee County state's attorney has been charged with driving under the influence after the sheriff says the van she was driving struck a parked car.

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The Illinois Secretary of State's office has released data that show that there are more than 5,000 Illinoisans who were convicted of drunken driving four times and had their licenses revoked.

The Illinois State Bar Association wants the state's DUI law changed. Supporters of changes to part of the state's law on driving under the influence think they have a pretty good example to hold up.