In case you missed it last weekend, officers were taking part in a “no-refusal” DUI initiative. A similar program will take place on Wednesday, November 21, which is the day before Thanksgiving.
The “no-refusal” designation means that prosecutors will be standing by at all hours waiting to request warrants to obtain blood tests to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. These warrants will be sought if a driver refuses to submit to a blood test after being pulled over by police.
Even though refusing such a test is illegal in the state of Illinois, doing so can sometimes be advantageous to repeat DUI offenders because the penalties for refusal could be lighter than those associated with a second or subsequent DUI conviction. Also, refusing a blood test can make it difficult for prosecutors to obtain the evidence needed to obtain a DUI conviction. However, if a person tries to refuse a blood test after the issuance of a “no-refusal” warrant, he or she is subject to contempt charges.
Kane County officials won’t say precisely where the traffic enforcement areas will be located during the crackdown periods. This weekend will mark the tenth no-refusal campaign undertaken in Kane County. A total of 87 arrests have been made during the previous crackdowns.
If you or a loved one is hurt or killed in an Illinois auto accident caused by a drunk driver, the victim or his/her relatives are entitled to seek relief through the civil courts. A qualified Illinois auto accident lawyer can answer any questions you might have about your case.