On Friday May 1, 2009 a drunken driver crashed into an Illinois Department of Transportation truck on the Eisenhower Expressway. The motorist expected to be charged with a DUI charge involving a state highway worker.

The driver of the accused vehicle slammed into a construction truck on the eastbound Eisenhower near Mannheim Road around 1:30 a.m. on Friday morning, according to Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Joe Stangl.

The Department of Transportation vehicle was parked on the shoulder while the male worker was preparing to set up signs when the accident occurred. The two involved in the crash were taken directly to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood with non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver who caused the crash is expected to be charged with drinking and driving and for violating Scott’s Law, which requires drivers to change lanes or slow down for an emergency vehicle.

The driver will be facing charges and penalties under Illinois law for drinking and driving under the influence. If this is his first offense he will face the following standards under Illinois law:

“If you are convicted for drunk driving in the State of Illinois, the first offense will result in a minimum 1 year suspension of your drivers license. In addition, you may be imprisoned for up to one year and fined up to $1,000. If the driver was transporting a person under the age of 16 at the time of the violation, is subject to an additional mandatory minimum fine of $1,000, an additional mandatory minimum 140 hours of community service, which shall include 40 hours of community service in a program benefiting children, and an additional 2 days of imprisonment.”

Second offenders face harsher and more stringent policies.