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Representative Randy Ramey
District 55 - Republican

Contact 1883 N. Neltnor Blvd. (Rt. 59) 213-N Stratton Building
  West Chicago, IL 60185 Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 630-876-0703 Phone : 217-558-1037
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For Immediate Release

Date:  April 10, 2006

Ramey Bill Allowing DUI Fines to go Toward Alcohol Crime Prevention Sent to Governor

Springfield, IL…A bill sponsored by State Rep. Randy Ramey (R-Carol Stream) to allow DUI conviction fines to be used for law enforcement equipment purchases that specialize in alcohol crime prevention will be sent to the Governor.

“I urge the Governor to sign this bill because it will allow our law enforcement communities to use money collected in DUI convictions in areas where departments need money the most,” Ramey said.

Senate Bill 1088 provides that the additional fine collected by the circuit clerk from any person convicted of a DUI shall be used to purchase law enforcement equipment that will assist in the enforcement and prevention of DUI in the state. Fines can be used for the following: police officer training and education of alcohol crimes; police officer salaries associated with conducting safety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and liquor sting operations. Purchases also include any items that are needed for alcohol testing.

As defined in the legislation, DUI convictions refer to any person caught driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicating substance.

“Fines collected by police departments in DUI cases should go toward further prevention of alcohol crimes so officials can continue to keep their communities safe,” Ramey said.

Ramey introduced the original bill in the House that passed unanimously in January (House Bill 4204). The bill awaits further consideration from the Senate.

For more information, contact Rep. Ramey at (630) 876-0703.