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Illinois State Police routinely schedule specific types of patrols over a given period to highlight and remind drivers of the importance of practicing defensive driving techniques.

Illinois State Police Commander Capt. Mark Doiron announced plans for Nighttime Enforcement Patrols, Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols, and Roadside Safety Checks during the months of October and November. These patrols access drivers’ adherence to safety belt laws, safe driving laws, and DUI laws. 

The checks are meant to improve voluntary compliance with safe driving laws in Illinois, such as setting up designated drivers before going out, wearing a seat belt, refraining from cell phone usage while driving, and keeping alcohol consumption within legal limits.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs comes with significant fines, such as having your license revoked, fines, and even jail time for repeat offenders or those involved in a motor vehicle accident while under the influence. For more information on the penalties DUI in Illinois check out our articles “What Are The Penalties For DUI In Illinois?” and “Can I Still Be Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Of Marijuana In Illinois?

But what should you do if you are pulled over during one of these routine traffic stops and possibly arrested? In Illinois, police officers are not required to verbally give you a reason for why they are arresting you, but without a warrant, they must have probable cause or at least reasonably believe they have probable cause. Probable cause can come in many forms, including displaying signs of being intoxicated, having a weapon laying open in the vehicle, if the police officers believe you have recently committed a crime, etc. As a U.S. citizen and resident of Illinois, you have the same rights in any situation involving your detainment and arrest:

  • The right to remain silent during an investigation.
  • The right to an immediate bond hearing.
  • The right to a free attorney 
  • The right to decide whether to plead guilty
  • The right to be informed of the evidence and witness statements against you
  • The right to a jury or judge for trial
  • The right to see opposing witnesses
  • The right to testify or not testify
  • The right to appeal convictions
  • The right to refuse DNA samples unless ordered to do so by magistrate.

For more information on your rights during a stop and frisk or when arrested check out our article, “What Rights Do You Have If You Are Arrested In Illinois?” If you have questions about your rights, routine police traffic stops, or you’ve been arrested and need legal representation, please give us a call.Illinois State Police Plan Special Evening Patrols In Coming Months

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