Illinois' efforts to keep drunk drivers off the roads is earning recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. MADD has given the state its highest rating for drunk-driving prevention.
Illinois has earned five stars in MADD's 2014 Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving report, which was released Thursday. Some of the reasons cited in the report: the state's use of sobriety check points and an all-offender ignition interlock law that took effect in 2009.
Officials in the City of St. Louis are putting impaired drivers on notice.
Beginning Monday, St. Louis is a "No Refusal Zone." That means that police will automatically seek a search warrant allowing blood-alcohol tests for suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a breath test.
Susan Ryan, a spokesperson for the circuit attorney's office said in a statement that "too many impaired drivers have learned how to game the legal system by refusing to submit to field sobriety tests." Ryan says In St. Louis, the refusal rate is over 50 percent.
Ryan says the ultimate goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of DWI fatalities and injuries.
Police say a Collinsville man was drunk when he caused an accident that killed five people.
The accident happened on November 23rd just before 10:30 in Hamilton County. Of the six people involved in the crash, driver Darrell Delong was the only survivor. Delong faces multiple charges including aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.
Police say Delong lost control of a his SUV and it rolled over several times.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A 21-year-old St. Louis County woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly driving drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed her boyfriend.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Rachel Collier of Overland is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
The accident on April 28 killed 26-year-old Desmond Edwards. Police say the couple had been drinking and arguing inside the car. Court documents indicate that when Edwards got out, Collier moved to the driver's seat, started the car and began driving.
She told police that she was going too fast and didn't see Edwards when she hit him.
Collier is jailed on $75,000 bond.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio driver who made an online video confessing to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after drinking heavily has turned himself in on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide.
In a 3 1/2-minute video posted last week, Matthew Cordle admits that he killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani, of Gahanna, on June 22. He says in the video that he will plead guilty and take full responsibility.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says the 22-year-old Powell man faces up to 8 1/2 years in prison if convicted.
Cordle surrendered at Franklin County Jail on Monday and has an arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.
Cordle also is charged with a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
A St. Louis Ram is back in the news for his off-field actions.
Defensive end Robert Quinn has fulfilled the obligations set forth after being convicted for drunk driving. Quinn had to attend classes and programs to prevent a future DWI. Quinn pleaded guilty to Driving While Under the Influence after being arrested following an accident on the exit ramp of eastbound I-270 and Washington/Elizabeth.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has plans to crackdown on drunk drivers this month.
The department issued a statement saying they will up DWI checkpoints through St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson counties. The Highway Patrol says those counties have a high number of drunk-driver accidents.
According to officials, intoxicated drivers are involved in over a quarter of all fatal crashes in the state.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man pleaded guilty during his trial on charges that he drunkenly caused a 2010 two-vehicle wreck that killed the other driver.
Thirty-six-year-old James Griesbaum of Aviston pleaded guilty to two felony DUI-related counts.
A spokeswoman for the Madison County State's Attorney's Office tells the Belleville News-Democrat that Griesbaum will be sentenced to simultaneous prison terms of three years and six months in prison on each count.
Authorities contend that Griesbaum was drunk in February 2010 in Madison County when his pickup truck collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Barbara Green of Trenton. She died.
Griesbaum's trial began Tuesday with jury selection and was to have gone to the jury for deliberation as early as Friday.
Griesbaum's sentencing date was not immediately set.
An Arnold grandmother is headed to prison for being drunk when she caused an accident that killed her granddaughter.
Theresa Fortner will spend 12 and-a-half years in prison. Fortner was driving her 20-month-old granddaughter on Interstate 55 when she crashed into a street sign, a house, a tree and a fence. The car's black box showed she was traveling nearly 70 miles an hour and never applied the brakes before the accident.
Fortner's blood alcohol content was almost triple the legal limit.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The mother of a metro-east teenager killed a car crash is free on bond after being accused of giving her son beer and whiskey before the accident.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports 39 year old Ginger Zehner-Denton of Mascoutah surrendered this week on a charge filed earlier this month that accuses her of unlawful delivery of alcohol.
Her 18 year old son, Stephen Zehner, died in a Jan. 26 crash. He was a senior at Belleville West High School.
A 16 year old passenger in the car he was driving was seriously injured and hospitalized for three months.
Zehner-Denton's attorney says he's not commenting publicly about the case.
The felony is punishable by up to three years in prison.