Contravening the Purpose of DUI Law
The article focuses on the specific consequence of license suspension upon a conviction for most DUI offenses. Although being found guilty of a DUI offense should yield this result, the article alleges that many DUI offenders, particularly those in certain counties in Illinois, regularly avoid this result as their case makes its way through the courts. It is surmised that this happens mainly as the result of prosecutorial discretion in plea bargaining. In other words, prosecutors make deals with defense attorneys to reduce DUI-related charges, often resulting in large fines paid by the offender in exchange for keeping his or her license.
The inherent danger present in this supposed practice is that DUI offenders are still able to operate their vehicles, and may pose a real threat to others on the road. The article claims that in many communities in and around Chicago, DUI drivers are able to avoid a suspension completely, or have their suspension time significantly reduced. The argument is that while some DUI drivers may deserve leniency, many do not. DUI laws are in place to punish such behavior, provide deterrent against similar future behavior, and protect the public. Placing dangerous drivers back on the road and putting members of the public at risk goes against these efforts. Presumably, being tougher on such enforcement would effectively lead to fewer DUI-related crashes and therefore fewer deaths and injuries associated with DUIs.
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