Illinois Lawmakers Hope To Put The Brakes On Drunk Hired Drivers

A limo driver arrested for driving drunk while taking suburban high schoolers to their prom over the weekend has spurred a call for stricter DUI laws in Illinois.

The Oswego East High School students made it safely to prom. But authorities said the driver of their party bus had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

CROSS: “This guy makes a wrong turn, misses a stop sign, misses a stop light, goes into a ditch, we have an entirely different story going on.”

House Minority Leader Tom Cross, who’s from Oswego, proposes increasing the penalties for hired drivers caught drunk on the job.

Cross’s legislation would make it a felony, which is punishable with up to three years in prison.

Now, most intoxicated hired drivers can only be charged with a misdemeanor, which Rep. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) says doesn’t go far enough.

REBOLETTI: “People are entrusting these hired drivers to be sober, to be exercising due care and diligence. And when they’re not, there should be severe penalties.”

It’s already a feloy in Illinois if a school bus driver gets a DUI.

—Chris Slaby

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