Thursday, November 11, 2010

Considering whether YOU should take that DUI breath test . . .

Apparently - NO!

Breath Alcohol Technician Ticketed For Possible DUI

A man who makes his living calibrating the breath alcohol analyzers for the state police was ticketed Thursday evening, Aug. 26, under the suspicion of driving under the influence. Clyde Mathews of Waterloo, a breath alcohol technician with the Illinois State Police, was cited for DUI Thursday night after he ran into a parked car on Waterloo Drive. Just before 10 p.m., Mathews, 68, was driving a 2004 Lincoln LS north on Waterloo Drive when he collided with Carolyn Sabo’s 2004 Nissan Altima, which was parked in front of her house. The collision moved Sabo’s car several feet and caused damage to the bumper and taillight. Mathews was not injured in the accident. Mathews is a former Waterloo alderman and police officer.

From the Monroe County Independent

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fun Facts: DUI - All of Illinois vs Los Angeles County

Sometimes with DUI, it's interesting to take a step back and look at the big picture. Yes, sometimes it looks like a bunch of meaningless numbers collected by government agencies, but what the heck?

Los Angeles County California, if nothing else, is a cultural and socioeconomic microcosm . . . ok, it's a freakshow fun to follow, and they have great weather, and I'm envious because in Chicago where I live and practice DUI law, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes. And they have Smokin', which, if you've never been . . . I feel sorry for you. Mmmm. . .

But I digress. Here's the point, check out these stats and let me know what you think!

LA County DUI arrests in 2007: 42,736
Illinois population as of 2008: 12,901,563
Illinois DUI arrests in 2008: 48,113

What's so interesting about that other than that LA County has a lot of freaking bodies packed into a very tight space? Why the percentages, of course!

According to this, there are 4.36 arrests for every 100 actors-working-as-waiters living in LA county! Contrast this with the 3.73 arrests per 100 actually-living voters, alderman and precinct bosses living in Illinois (not just Chicago), and maybe Illinois hasn't earned quite the level of hysteria regarding DUI that our more glamorous western friends experience on an hourly basis. Maybe.