Illinois Enacts Law Targeting Out-of-State DUI Offenders

Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law a measure increasing communication between Illinois law enforcement agencies and those from other states when it comes to incidents of driving under the influence in Illinois.

Senate Bill 2494 focuses on motorists stopped for drunk driving in Illinois who have prior DUI offenses in other jurisdictions. If a motorist has a conviction or license suspension for DUI in another state, the charge of Illinois DUI increases from a misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony.

The bill was passed unanimously by the State House last May, and it goes into effect immediately.

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