Wednesday, May 22, 2013
'Walk Like MADD' 5K will be held Aug. 4 at Independence Grove in Libertyville.
Fundraising teams are being sought to participate in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)'s signature walk—"Walk Like MADD" on Aug. 4 at Independence Grove in Libertyville. It will be the only one in Lake County. The community's first Walk Like MADD event was held last year. The fundraising goal for this event is $25,000. So far, teams have raised nearly $2,000, according to the local event's website. Register a new team, join a team or make a donation by clicking this link. The event is also seeking volunteers over 14 to help out before, during and after the big day.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. According to CyberDriveIllinois.com's 2013 DUI Fact Book, there were 2,593 DUI arrests in Lake County in 2011; 3,071 DUI arrests in 2010; and 3,029 DUI arrests in 2009. DUI facts from …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
To crack down on drunk drivers and enforce seat belt use, the Lake County Sheriff's Office will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl Weekend.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, January 30
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced today it will conduct special patrols this Super Bowl weekend cracking down on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators. “We are reminding everyone that if you choose to drink and drive in Lake County this weekend, you will lose,” said Sheriff Mark Curran. “If you plan on drinking alcohol while cheering on your team, pass your keys to a sober driver before the Super Bowl party begins. Follow the rules or the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will arrest you.” “This weekend can be a deadly and dangerous time because of drunk driving,” said Curran. “To help combat this trend we will increase our proactive enforcement efforts with three additional deputies from the hours of 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Feb. …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
New Year’s Eve continues a big night for drunk driving enforcement and arrests.
The slogan “Don’t Drink and Drive” can become trite until you consider the numbers. Numbers like the 258 lives lost in Illinois in drunk driving crashes in 2012. It is one of the statistics that local and state police hope makes you think twice about drinking and driving this holiday weekend. Police throughout the area, including sheriff’s deputies in Lake, Cook and McHenry County, will be doing special drunk driving enforcements for New Year’s Eve. Illinois State police will be conducting roadside safety checks and special alcohol enforcement on highways and tollways. The patrols will focus on four areas that often cause fatal crashes: speeding, DUI, seat belt compliance and distracted driving, according to a release. “Alcohol or drug …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Glenview resident arrested after driving on the wrong side of expressway.
A 24-year-old Glenview resident drove 11 miles in the wrong direction on the Edens Expressway early Thursday morning until he was pulled over by Illinois State Police, Pioneer Press reports. Sergio Galvez-Delira was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, having open alcohol, no insurance and improper lane usage after he drove 11 miles into oncoming traffic at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Pioneer Press. Though no one was injured, Master Sgt. Joseph Stangl told the Chicago Tribune that this "could have turned into a horrific tragedy." Trooper Ivan Bukaczyk expressed a similar sentiment to Pioneer Press. "We’re lucky that no one got injured,” he said. Read more at the Tribune and Pioneer Press.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Charlie Pecaro receives one year court supervision.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro pleaded guilty to drunk-driving charges last Friday and will receive one year of court supervision, a 30-day suspension of his driver's license and a fine, according to the Highland Park News. Earlier: Highwood Mayor Arrested for Drunk Driving Pecaro, 42, was stopped by police at 2:34 a.m. on Sept. 4 near the intersection of Half Day Road and Western in Highland Park, about a half mile from his home on the first block of Exmoor Court in Highwood, according to the Highland Park Police Department's arrest report. The Highwood mayor was charged with having blood alcohol content over the state's .08 limit as well as operating a vehicle with no head/tail lights and following too closely. If Pecaro adheres to the …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Tips that lead to a Labor Day arrest will earn $100 rewards.
Highland Park residents can earn cash this Labor Day by reporting possible drunk drivers. If you observe a car being driven erratically, swerving across lane dividers or over the shoulder and nearly colliding with other vehicles, call the Highland Park Police at (847) 432-7730. Helpful details include reporting on the vehicle's behavior, its description, direction of travel and license plate number. Dispatch can then notify police officers to be on the lookout for the reported vehicles. If your call leads to a DUI arrest, The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists will send you $100. Since 1990 the organization’s Drunkbusters program has resulted in 4,450 DUI arrests and paid out more than $445,000. It runs all year in DuPage, Kane, Lake, …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Quick reaction prevents possible serious injuries after Highland Park man passes near squad car.
A close call on Deerfield Road has landed one Highland Park man in trouble with the law. According to a police report, two officers had pulled over April 12 to deal with a traffic stop when another car passed extremely close to where they parked. “I observed him [the Deerfield officer] pulling the squad car door towards him and attempting to get out of the way of the vehicle by re-entering his squad [car],” the other officer said in a statement about his colleague's maneuver. “The vehicle passed Officer Carner, missing him by approximately 12 inches,” he added. When police caught up with the vehicle's driver, they reported that 37-year-old James Carroll’s speech was slurred. The officers also discovered that Carroll had bloodshot eyes and …