Illinois Alcohol and Crime Briefs
The governor signed a law (IL H 3869) amending the Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act. The new provision allows people charged with violating the Act to elect treatment if they have no prior convictions for violating the act.
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) released a report detailing the processes undertaken and costs incurred when Illinois implemented its interlock program for first DUI offenders. Drawing on years of additional experience in traffic safety and interlocks, the authors provide recommendations for other states implementing similar programs.
In July of 2009, the state of Illinois held the Hard Core Drunk Driver (HCDD) Seminar, a meeting designed to bring together prosecutors, probation, and court personnel in Illinois in order to define the HCDD and develop recommendations for changing the management of HCDDs in the state. The program, made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation/Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS), included presentation from the National Traffic Law Center, NPAMC, The Century Council, and other Illinois officials representing the judiciary, probation, and prosecutors. Three Illinois probation offices will serve as pilot sites to implement and test HCDD guidelines on their caseloads.