Today, our Chicago car accident attorneys saw that Autoblog.com posted an article online discussing the government’s most recent drunk driving statistics. These statistics showed that although the amount of alcohol related motor vehicle fatalities decreased in 2010, there were still over 10,000 alcohol related deaths on our roads. In order to continue the efforts of decreasing these fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a new campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Our Illinois auto accident attorneys support campaigns like these because they create drunk driving awareness. In the presence of the holiday season, the NHTSA has created new televised commercials that show a group of drunk men getting arrested while driving home drunk from a bar, with ghostly police men in the background that are “meant to convey the idea that ‘they’ll see you before you see them’.” Drunk driving is responsible for almost one third of all traffic related fatalities.
In other articles, Autoblog.com reported how new technologies are being created to help decrease the amount of drunk drivers on the road. These new technologies include a push to start car button feature that can measure the driver’s blood-alcohol content level. If the level is over the legal limit, the car will not start. Infrared sensors determine the BAC, but the developers are still working on how to make the push button work quicker, and work when the car is in all temperatures.
Due to the holiday season, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign begins tomorrow, goes through New Years and ends on January 2nd. Because many people are celebrating with friends and family during the holiday, there are an increased number of drunk drivers on the road.
Our Chicago auto accident lawyers encourage our readers to always have a designated driver, this holiday season and throughout the year. As we have said in previous posts, if there is no designated driver, call a taxicab or get driven home by a family member or friend, and worst comes to worst, spend the night at the host’s house. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol endangers everyone one the road, and is completely avoidable. Drunk Driving can result in jail time, the loss of the driver’s license, expenses and fees, and increased insurance rates. If you should see a drunk driver on the road this holiday season, call the police and take down any descriptors you can without compromising your own safety.