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Increase in Drunk Driving Awareness Due to the New Year’s Holiday

Less than a week ago, The Chicago Tribune reported a decrease in fatalities that were alcohol-related in the state of Illinois. The article reported that in 2010 there were about two thirds of the amount of alcohol-related fatalities as there were in 2006. The Illinois Department of Transportation publicized these statistics in hopes that they would remind drivers about the dangers related to drunk driving, especially as we get closer to New Year’s.

On a related note, our Illinois car accident lawyers also read in the Courier-News that this New Year’s Eve, there will be over 200 police departments, as well as the Illinois State Police, all of whom will be conducting roadside check points, seatbelt enforcements, and impaired driving patrolling. Over the next two weeks, these law enforcement officials will be hunting impaired motorists and drivers who aren’t buckled up.

Programs such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” will be heavily enforced to ensure that drivers are being safe this New Year’s Eve, one of the most dangerous holidays for driving every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that roadways are most dangerous between 12:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. With this in mind, as well as the New Year’s tradition of staying up until midnight and welcoming in the New Year, we encourage drivers to stay off of roads past midnight this holiday weekend if possible.

With the increase in traffic that holiday’s tend to bring along, the ISP hopes that seat belt safety checks, as well as looking for speeding drivers, will help cut down on the number of people injured or killed in car accidents. According to the Illinois Tollway Authority, “about 15.4 million vehicles were expected to use the Illinois Tollway system between Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 3.” This statistic is close to a 3% increase from 2010.

As we have discussed in some of our previous posts, the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists has expanded their “Drunkbusters” plan for the December holiday weekends. Our Chicago accident lawyers encourage our readers to call in seemingly drunk drivers to the police, and should that driver be drunk and convicted of DUI, the caller may receive $100.

Our Chicago car accident lawyers hope that with the New Year’s holiday coming up, drivers will take the risk of driving impaired seriously, and avoid it. Drunk driving is 100% avoidable and preventable. Some holiday tips that we have already mentioned include making sure that there is a designated driver, if there is no designated driver- have a family member or friend who is sober drive, take a taxi cab or public transportation, or worst comes to worst, stay at the host’s house. These options always trump driving intoxicated on the road, which cannot only endanger yourself, but also others who you share the road with.