The Carmi Times wrote last week about efforts that the Illinois State Police will undertake to ensure our state roadways remain safe during the holiday season. The focus of the effort is two-fold: ensure that riders are wearing the appropriate safety devices and not impaired.
Last Thanksgiving season twelve people died in car accidents, five of those deaths involved drunk driving. Over eight hundred Illinoisans were injured in car crashes in that same span. Data shows that the problem is highest during late-night driving-more drivers are impaired and less are properly buckled up. The chance of suffering death or serious injury is reduced drastically when safety belts are worn.
The risk of death or injury should be enough for everyone to take the simple steps to ensure that they do not drive impaired or improperly secured. However, on top of that, there are legal consequences to all of these acts.
A police Captain summarizes the effort, “No one wants to start the holidays off wrong with a safety belt ticket or a DUI arrest. Save your money for turkey and buying presents for loved ones-don’t throw it away simply because you failed to buckle up or were driving impaired.
Those are sentiments that all Illinoisans would likely echo, including our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti. The merriment of the season often causes drivers to make poor decision that risk injury to others and themselves. It is imperative that everyone take time to remember their basic safety needs while behind the wheel. That includes handing off the keys to a sober driver if you have drinks, wearing a seat belt at all times, and ensuring that kids are properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint.
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