Many people in Illinois may hear about how strict the law is when it comes to drunk driving, especially if a serious accident occurs due to the actions of an impaired driver. The definition of strict may well be subjective as some people may think that the laws are not strict enough or perhaps that they are not always evenly applied. The reality is that it can be difficult to assign a value on a human life which makes it difficult to determine an appropriate penalty for someone who makes a decision that ends up claiming the life of another person.
In the summer of 2018, two college friends were attending a reunion when they decided to leave the party together. As they drove near the county line of Shawano and Oconto Counties, the man who was driving apparently lost control of his vehicle according to a report by the Green Bay Press Gazette.
The driver was said to be travelling at approximately 100 miles per hour. He was subsequently found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.17%. The driver ended up losing part of his leg in the resulting accident but the passenger lost his life. His original conviction in the matter could have sent him to prison for three years and added a 10-year extended supervision period.
In the end, however, the request of the deceased man's wife led the judge to reduce the sentence to one year in jail on work release followed by a probation period to last 15 years.