Despite the many accidents and injuries that we make our readers aware of, it is refreshing to be able to relay happy news to you. Law-abiding communities ought to be commended, and we are happy to report that Illinois has been recognized for doing its part to prevent motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and deaths related to drunk driving.
Recently, according to QCOnline, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has awarded Illinois with top ratings. The organization, along with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, recently gave Illinois a 5-star rating for the state’s efforts to combat drunk driving. As a result of this rating, MADD has recognized Illinois as a national leader in the fight against drunk driving. The 2014 national and state ratings report highlighted our state’s drunk driving countermeasures, such as BAIIDs (breath alcohol ignition interlock devices) for all convicted drunk drivers.
Under Illinois’s BAIID program, first-time DUI offenders who wish to maintain their driving privileges must install a breath alcohol ignition interlock device in their vehicle. When a BAIID is installed, the motorist must blow into the device, which will in turn measure the driver’s blood alcohol content. The purpose of this device and state program is to prevent DUI offenders from driving after drinking alcohol. Last year in 2014, the Secretary of State’s office began requiring in-car cameras to also be installed with every BAIID. Since last year, over 5700 BAIIDs and cameras have been installed in vehicles. Through this program, Illinois hopes to improve accountability of those who use BAIIDs.
According to the Illinois Secretary of State, alcohol is the number one source of fatalities on American roads. This is because alcohol worsens vision and slows reaction time. When driving after consuming alcohol, drivers cannot react timely in an emergency. The Secretary of State’s Office has released statistics surrounding DUI fatalities. The holidays have a significant correlation to alcohol-related fatalities. For example, in 2011, there were 13 traffic fatalities on the Fourth of July, and 9 of these were due to alcohol. Overall in 2011, 918 people were killed in car crashes in Illinois, and 38.1% of these were due to alcohol. Additionally, even though the legal blood alcohol content limit is .08, the most frequently reported BAC among drunk drivers is double the legal limit at .16.
Our attorneys are pleased by the news of Illinois’s high ratings, and are happy to work with the community in the fight against drunk driving. As Chicago accident attorneys, we work to protect the rights of injured victims against wrongdoers who have been negligent, such as drunk drivers. If you or someone you love has been injured due to a driver who has chosen to be reckless and drive under the influence of alcohol, you may have a legal claim and could recover compensation for your injuries and suffering in a lawsuit. Our attorneys would be happy to discuss your case with you in a free consultation. Call us today, and we may be able to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.