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Illinois Secretary of State urges people to designate sober drivers for NYE

During this New Years and holiday season, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is urging Illinois citizens to be safe and designate a sober driver. Jesse White stated: “Let’s ring in the New Year responsibly. Please don’t drink and drive and remember to buckle your safety belt – it’s your best defense against a drunk driver. If your celebrations for 2011 include drinking, designate a sober driver or use public transportations.”

As our readers are aware, drunken driving is a leading cause of Chicago motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were six crash fatalities in 2009 during the New Year’s holiday. Of those six crash fatalities, three of them were alcohol-related. This is 50% and the extremely disappointing part of that statistic is that these alcohol-related personal injuries are preventable! During the same period in 2008, there were 10 crash fatalities, three of which were alcohol-related. No guess was made as to the increase in percentage of alcohol-related crash fatalities from 2008 to 2009. Illinois Secretary of State Police will be on patrol during the holiday weekend to keep the roads safe. The police will be conducting DUI and seatbelt patrols with the Illinois State police and IDOT.

The Chicago injury attorneys wish you all a Happy New Year! Please practice safety this weekend and choose designated drivers. Or, opt for public transportation and taxis, which are plentiful in our city.

Follow the link to read more about Secretary of State White’s announcement.