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IDOT Initiative Targets Seat Belt Use and Impaired Driving This Holiday Season

Continuing on with the theme of holiday safety, our Chicago car accident lawyers thought it would be important to discuss seat belt use this holiday season. DownersGrove.patch.com posted an article online last week that discussed a new Illinois statewide initiative that looks at driving under the influence and seat belt use. The Illinois Department of Transportation funded these holiday traffic safety initiatives with a grant worth $33,000.

The two initiatives include the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and the “Click it or Ticket” campaigns and will be heavily enforced over this Thanksgiving break. Police officers, not only in Downer’s Grove but statewide, will be enforcing these laws day and night, and there will be extra DUI patrols. Because during the holiday season many people are compelled to leave a party after a few drinks, thinking they can drive, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will help to target drivers who partake in these dangerous actions. The article reports that, “every 30 minutes someone dies because of an impaired driver; every two minutes someone is injured.” With these initiatives from IDOT, our Illinois car crash lawyers hope that these numbers will shrink.

The Center for Disease Control offers useful tips, statistics, and laws regarding driving impaired, including preventative measures. Some of these tips include:

• Have a designated driver not only for this holiday season, but whenever there is drinking • Do not drive impaired, or let others drive impaired • If you do not have a ride home, and can not drive, call a taxi • And especially for this holiday season, if you are at a party where alcohol is served, plan a ride home ahead of time
When it comes to seatbelt safety, the National Safety Council states that seat belts are the most effective safety step one can take in a car. Seatbelts save lives, and when drivers choose not to wear one, they are more likely to become seriously injured if they are involved in a serious accident. Illinois has a mandatory safety belt law that states that drivers and front seat passengers must wear a seat belts, and children seven years and younger must wear a child restraint. Fines range anywhere between $25 and $75, but the risk of serious injury should motivate everyone to buckle up.

We hope that our readers will take seat belt safety and DUI prevention seriously this holiday season. With more travelers on the road, and people leaving holiday festivities, there is a higher chance of being involved in an accident. In order to protect yourself, make sure to wear a seat belt, and always have a sober ride home.