Illinois State Police officers will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrols during the month of March on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I‐90) in Kane County, the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I‐88) in DuPage and Kane counties and the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I‐355) in DuPage and Will counties.
Illinois Secretary of State statistics for 2018 revealed that more than 26,000 individuals were arrested for driving under the influence and 28 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes involved alcohol, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police. The ACE program focuses enforcement efforts on drivers who are impaired and underage minors who are illegally consuming or possessing alcohol.
These patrols will be conducted during nighttime hours when impaired driving occur at the highest rate. Illinois State Police troopers will have a zero‐tolerance approach to drivers who are driving impaired and underage drivers who have consumed alcohol, the release stated.
Drivers who are arrested for DUI may have their vehicle impounded and face suspension of their driving privileges for up to one year for a first offense, according to the release. Drivers who are convicted of DUI may face fines of up to $2,500 and possible imprisonment for up to one year for first convictions, the release stated.
Penalties for subsequent convictions of DUI include possible imprisonment for up to 12 years and fines of up to $25,000 if crashes cause great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement to other persons, according to the release. Underage drivers who are found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration over .00 can have their license suspended for three months for a first offense, the release stated.
The ACE project is funded through the IDOT Division of Traffic Safety.