A drunk driving arrest is not some simple little thing that you can chalk up to a life experience. A lot of drivers think that they can still handle themselves after a few drinks. But one of the many things that alcohol does to us is make us more daring and rids us of our inhibitions. This means that we think we can still do things that we really can not anymore. In Illinois, like in a lot of states, the consequences of getting caught driving under the influence are severe, and rightly so.
Illinois puts heavy penalties on first time DUI offenders due to the fact that there are a large number of accidents every year that involve drivers who are under the influence. By making the penalties tough on first time offenders, the state hopes that they will get the message and not do it again. If you really stop and think about it, a person who is driving under the influence is in control of a deadly weapon, the vehicle they are driving. Things can go wrong really fast when you are driving and do not have your complete wits about you.
If you incapacitate yourself with inebriation, you do not have as good hand eye coordination and reflexes as well as self control that are essential to driving safely. Because of these, the Illinois DUI laws are severe enough to make us think twice about it. Even for first time offenders, the penalties are really heavy. You can land in jail for as much as a year and a half, pay up to $1,500, which in these times is such a pain and get your license suspended for at least one year. Plus you have to pay to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device installed on to your car. So always have a designated driver.