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Ever Since the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration partnered up to launch their Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign in 1983, alcohol’s deleterious affect on driving has assumed an influential role at the forefront of American consciousness. Just three years after the campaign debuted in 1986 a Roper poll showed a 62% increase in awareness on the subject among young Americans, and our roads have grown substantially safer as a result. Still, with the increasing prevalence of using neuropharmaceutical drugs to ameliorate issues in our day-to-day lives, there is a pressing need to increase public understanding and awareness of the effects of drugged driving on our ability to drive safely. (National Institute on Drug Abuse; Stop Drugged Driving)

Our lawyers are proud of our work helping injury victims secure compensation for their injuries, and we hope that by educating our readers, we may be able to prevent a few accidents from happening all together. Virtually every driver in the United States is aware of the public safety hazards that come with operating a vehicle while under the influence of Alcohol; far fewer understand the danger of driving a motor vehicle when under the influence of psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs. Whether you know a lot or a little about drunk driving, here are a few helpful answers to questions that you may have about the issue:
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By now we all know that driving while intoxicated is a bad thing; with so many safety campaigns on the topic, it’s hard not to. However, recent statistics show that drinking and walking can be extremely hazardous as well. Numbers from 2011 (the most recent available), show that over one-third of all pedestrians killed during that year had blood alcohol levels above the legal driving limit. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that of the 625 pedestrian victims ages 25-34, half were alcohol impaired. As the Governors Highway Safety Association points out, the data says that nationally we’ve done a good job educating people about the dangers of drunk driving, but we haven’t done such a good job of reminding them that doing various other activities while intoxicated, including walking, can be just as dangerous.
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It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over, it may seem like just yesterday you were ringing in 2014 with friends and family. Nevertheless, this Wednesday, New Years Eve will be celebrated all over the country, and that means one thing, parties. With such an abundance of late night get-togethers and drinking on December 31st and January 1st, it’s no surprise that drunk driving accidents, injuries and deaths spike, but there are still many things you can do to help keep yourself safe.
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There have been dozens of campaigns aimed at informing the American public about the dangers of drunk driving; the NHTSA, CDC, MADD, and various other national agencies have put a great deal of time, money and effort into education, and it is helping people all over the country recognize the problem. Still, many people don’t fully understand the similar dangers that are associated with drugged driving, especially when those drugs are prescribed by their doctors. Illinois’ recent medical marijuana law has sparked a heated debate about the hazards of driving while under the influence of drugs, but experts claim that millions of people are already impaired by perfectly legal drugs everyday.
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Over the past decade, approximately 41% of all the traffic fatalities that occurred around Christmas and New Years Day were alcohol-impaired, which is a significant spike compared to the ten year national average of 31%. Either way, the holidays are a very dangerous time to be on the road, so it is important to always take steps to ensure that you your passengers get home safely.

Every year around this time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with the U.S. Transportation Secretary set out in force to start of their annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” holiday campaign. The initiative is aimed at both reducing the number of drunk and drugged drivers on the road and educating drivers about the hazards that come with getting behind the wheel when impaired.
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When most people think about the hazards associated with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, they probably picture a person in an SUV or a car. You might think of someone being involved in an accident, or of a driver pulling their car over to the shoulder of the road with sirens flashing in the distance. Whatever comes to your mind, odds are pretty good that your conception of drunk driving involves a vehicle with four wheels. However, riding while under the influence is much more prevalent than you might think, and it is a problem that is often completely overlooked by the media. Today there are nearly 9 million motorcycles registered in our country, and that number is growing every year; with so many of the present drunk driving campaigns focusing on four wheel vehicles, our lawyers want to take a moment to highlight alcohols deleterious affect on motorcyclists as well.
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Every state in America now applies two statutory offenses for driving under the influence of alcohol. The first is known by three different names: driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated or while impaired (DWI), and operating a vehicle while intoxicated or impaired (OWI). This offense is usually based on an officer’s observations (e.g., driving behavior, sobriety tests, slurring of speech, etc.) The second offense is known as the “illegal per se” statute, which refers to driving with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 g/dL. Since 2002, every state in the Union has agreed that a BAC of 0.08 makes a driver alcohol-impaired, but some studies have shown that operators have driving deficiencies at even lower levels. (Alcohol Alert!)
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Thanks in part to a wealth of informative and proactive safety campaigns, drunk driving fatalities have been on a steady downward slope over the past several decades, but that doesn’t mean that these accidents aren’t still a serious hazard. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some 30 people still die because of motor vehicle collisions involving an intoxicated or impaired driver every day. That’s one drunk driving related death every 48 minutes, and as if that isn’t enough, these accidents also carry an annual societal cost of more than $51 billion.

Our lawyers have represented personal injury and wrongful death victims and their families for more than 20 years, and we know how severe the emotional and physical damage caused by drunk drivers can be. This is why we are committed to preventing as many traffic accidents as possible through education and proactive safety steps. Here are a few measures that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention believes will help continue to make our roads a little bit safer every year.
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Virtually every driver in the United States is aware of the public safety hazards that come with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; far fewer understand the danger of driving a motor vehicle when under the influence of psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs. Ever since the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration partnered up to launch their Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign in 1983, alcohol’s deleterious affect on driving has assumed an influential role at the forefront of American consciousness. Just three years after the campaign debuted in 1986 a Roper poll showed a 62% increase in awareness on the subject among young Americans, and our roads have grown substantially safer as a result. Still, with the increasing prevalence of using neuro-pharmaceutical drugs to ameliorate issues in our day-to-day lives, there is a pressing need to increase public of their effects on our ability to drive safely. (National Institute on Drug Abuse; Stop Drugged Driving)

Our injury lawyers are proud of our work helping victims secure compensation for the harms caused to them by the negligence of others, but we hope that by educating our readers, we may be able to prevent a few accidents from happening all together. Whether you know a lot or a little about drunk driving, here are a few helpful answers to questions that you may have about the issue:
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We all love celebrating the Fourth of July, and why wouldn’t we? Whether it’s going on vacation, attending barbeques, watching the fireworks, or just enjoying the much-needed long weekend with some of our good friends and family, this time of year certainly has no shortage of redeeming qualities. However, there is one aspect of our nation’s Independence Day that is not so wonderful, drinking and driving.

Every year around this time, hundreds of Americans lose their lives because of alcohol-related car accidents, and thousands of additional road users suffer serious life altering injuries at the hands of individuals who chose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. It is this volume of drivers operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol and drugs that is to blame for the Fourth of July being repeatedly ranked as the deadliest holiday of the year, even beating out New Years. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

As car accident lawyers, we know how dangerous alcohol related crashes can be, and we want to do everything possible to keep Illinois residents safe this holiday. No matter what your plans are for the Fourth, if they involve alcohol, we urge you to keep the following tips in mind:
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