Driving Test

It turns out that I had to re-take the IL motorist written test today when I renewed my license. I wasn’t expecting it, and I hadn’t studied. So, I only got 97%.

The question I missed is below. See if you can determine the right answer. The correct answer will be in the comments, first comment (from me). Keep in mind that I’m doing this from memory, so do not read too much into the wording of the question and answers.

In Illinois, if you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (e.g, erratic driving) and you refuse a breathalyzer or blood-alcohol test, which of the following is true:

A) That you refused the test may be used as evidence against you in court
B) Your license will be suspended for up to six months
C) You will face additional penalties and/or fines in the event of being found guilty of DUI
D) All of the above

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  1. ANSWER: D, all of the above

    Now, I almost chose D just based on the way these tests work. A written driving knowledge test is, IMO, usually not really testing your knowledge so much as reminding you of things you should know in a test format (which forces you to read and interpret the message). Given this, D seems logical.

    However, the more I thought about it, items B & C seemed potentially unconstitutional. Certainly, item B does seem unconstitutional. So, I went with what I thought was legally correct as opposed to what, I feared, was actually correct.

    I was discussing this with B* over dinner tonight when a very hot guy two seats over from us interjected that he agreed with me and had actually IM’d his lawyer friend (from another state) while we were sitting there, and his lawyer friend agrees that it sounds unconstitutional. However, lawyer friend also pointed out that Illinois has a habit of “law now, apologize later” especially in the area of gun laws. The state laws have been raised to higher courts and rejected many times in the past. So, it may just be waiting for the right case to test the constitutionality in court.

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