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Illinois’ new law about marijuana-impaired driving requires stiffer evidence for conviction

Local attorney Jeff Hall said that a new law in the state of Illinois regarding marijuana and impaired driving, has only slightly reduced the legal dangers – including longer prison terms – of causing a fatal vehicular accident after taking the drug.

Four individuals have been convicted since 2012 of causing a death while driving under the influence of marijuana in Tazewell County.

Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stewart Umholtz said that the new DUI law regarding marijuana – which requires prosecutors to prove that a driver was impaired by marijuana at a time of an accident – is the right application of a DUI law. The DUI law regarding marijuana prior to this amendment did not require prosecutors to prove that the drivers were indeed impaired by marijuana, meaning the four convicted of DUI in Tazewell County may or may not have been improperly convicted.a

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