Posts Tagged ‘Government’

Changes to Illinois DUI Laws

November 9th, 2022

When lawmakers want to appear to be strong advocates of public safety,Guest Posting drunk drivers can be an easy target. Nationwide the penalties for drunk driving seem to be increasing without bound. Some states are merely increasing the potential punishments for all drunk drivers, while others are creating new laws specifically targeting highly intoxicated drivers. Consistently though, the trend is clear: the punishments are becoming more severe.Illinois is no exception; beginning January 1, 2009, the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol in Illinois changed substantially. All people arrested for drunk driving face harsher penalties than they did under the prior laws. For example, first-time offenders now lose their driving privileges for six months, rather than three months, even if they complied with the officer’s request and submitted a BAC level greater than .08.However, these penalties do not affect everyone equally. The changes to the laws governing driving privileges following an arrest for drunk driving have a particularly negative impact on individuals arrested for drunk driving in Illinois who have out-of-state licenses.License Suspension for Illinois Drivers When someone with an Illinois drivers’ license is arrested for DUI in the state, that person is subject to an automatic statutory summary suspensionof driving privileges. This suspension is independent of any criminal charges for DUI and is administered by the Illinois Secretary of State. The length of the suspension depends on the individual’s prior history.Generally an individual is not allowed to drive while his or her license is suspended. However, there is an exception to this rule. Under the new laws, a first offender with an Illinois driver’s license may obtain a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP). An MDDP allows a person who is subject to a statutory summary suspension to drive after only 31 days, as long as that person complies with certain requirements.Notably, the MDDP requires the offender to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed in his or her vehicle. With a BAIID installed, the driver must submit to a breath test before the vehicle will start.The MDDP is expensive and burdensome. The individual is responsible for all costs affiliated with the BAIID, including fees for installation, rental and monitoring.

Hiring a Green Plumber For Your Plumbing Needs

March 31st, 2022

Green plumbing is all the rage in recent years. However, it’s more than just a fad for those plumbers that have taken up the cause to better the planet in conjunction with their every day trade. They are making a difference in the way people consume (and ultimately waste) water.

These plumbers are single handedly helping homeowners and commercial property owners to conserve water and eliminate unnecessary waste. They implement small changes in the products and methods associated with traditional plumbing.

There are a variety of techniques that green plumbers can use when installing green plumbing in a home or office (including solar heating methods and the use of organic glues and sealants), but clearly the most important job of a green plumber is to save water.

For example, a family of four living in the United States will typically use 150,000 gallons of water a year. An even more shocking statistic shows that the United States in general flushes 6.8 billion gallons of water down the toilet daily.

This waste of toilet water immediately jeopardizes our drinking supply, as planet earth only has a fixed amount of water for the inhabitants of the world.

Fortunately, they are trained on the best ways to conserve water-starting with high efficiency toilets. A high efficiency toilet can save up to 4,000 gallons of water each year. And while that may not seem like a drastic savings, remember that is only the figure for one home.

If every homeowner in the United States utilized a high efficiency toilet, Americans could conserve billions of gallons of toilet water each year.

You may still be wondering why green plumbing and the issue of conserving water is important to begin with. As mentioned earlier, our water supply on planet earth has not increased, but our use has skyrocketed out of control.

In fact, more than half of the United States anticipates fresh water shortages in the next 10 years. Without a united effort to conserve water, we will be facing a water epidemic in the near future.

Now that we’ve highlighted why water conservation is so important, there are other methods that these special plumbers use to conserve water in conjunction with traditional plumbing methods. When installing a bathroom sink or shower head, a green plumber may utilize what is known as a ‘low flow’ fixture to reduce the amount of water wasted through the spout.

He can also implement plumbing systems that harvest rainwater, thus cutting back on freshwater consumption (and your water bill) by 90%. This free, harvested rainwater can then be used for toilet/urinal flushing, irrigation and in-home sprinkler systems, rather than tapping into our much needed drinking supply.

And best of all, green plumbing can save you, the homeowner or commercial property owner, thousands of dollars a year in reduced energy and water costs. Some states are even providing cash back rebates to homeowners or commercial property owners that purchase high efficiency appliances and green plumbing systems.