We recently reported that Illinois lawmakers are considering two bills designed to deter people from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. The proposed legislation would increase the penalties for DUI, targeting habitual offenders and lengthening the required ignition interlock period for people with at least two convictions.
Harsher penalties for DUI could be a solution for reducing the number of serious and fatal accidents that occur each year due to impaired driving, but it is a reactive approach. It is only one side of a two-sided coin. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) believes that addressing the issue of alcoholism at an early age will help attack the problem proactively.