Many people in Illinois understand that drunk driving, distracted driving and reckless driving are all dangerous behaviors. Almost from day one, drivers are taught not to speed, ignore traffic signals, drive while impaired or send a text while behind the wheel. All of these actions can significantly increase the likelihood that a person will cause a serious car accident.
Last summer, a man from East Peoria ran into a motorcycle with his car, killing the rider of the motorcycle. The driver of the car was found to have marijuana in his system at the time of the accident. A judge recently sentenced the man to four years probation for the incident. The driver will have to serve 180 days in jail after completing an intense private drug treatment program that lasts for one year. The judge explained his decision by citing the driver's diagnosis for hypoglycemia, which may have played a role in the reason why the man lost control of his car and crashed into the motorcyclist. The driver's defense attorney argued that his client had low blood sugar, leading to an apparent blackout.