August 31st, 2011|
August 31, 2011
The summer season is wrapping up with Labor Day fast approaching. For many folks that means hitting the road to their favorite vacation destination for one final blowout of the summer. For officials with Indiana and Illinois law enforcement departments, the holiday weekend means cracking down on drunk drivers.
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials are hoping the trend of lower than normal accidents and fatalities related to alcohol on the holiday will continue this year. Last year only 9% of crashes on Labor Day were alcohol related. This is a significantly lower number than the 40% of 2009, and the 58% in 2008.
WTHITV News stated that Secretary of State, Jesse White, attributes the steep decline to drivers being more aware of the dangers alcohol poses behind the wheel. He also warned drivers that state and local police would be conducting sobriety and seat belt checkpoints throughout the weekend.
Indiana is trying to reduce its number of alcohol related crashes as well by executing checkpoints across the state over the weekend. The Tribune Star released information today that the Putnamville District of the Indiana State Police will perform a DUI roadblock in Vigo County late Saturday night. Motorists will be required to show a drivers license and registration, and be quickly evaluated for intoxication. Sober driver will move through the checkpoint in 2-3 minutes.
July 27th, 2011|
July 27, 2011
A Sumner, Illinois man was arrested Monday for driving under the influence, after killing a 7-year-old boy who was riding his bike. News Channel 10 reports that the driver was heading eastbound on South/East Street when the boy’s bike veered slightly into the lane and was struck by the vehicle. The driver, 31 years of age, was arrested by officers at the scene after failing field sobriety tests and was booked for driving under the influence. He is being held pending more serious charges.
The boy was transported to Lawrence County Memorial Hospital by ambulance, where he later died from the injuries sustained in the accident.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reported that the state of Illinois ranks 37th among the 50 states for the number of drunk driving incidents. Those incidents include 319 fatalities between 2007 and 2008. That means 35% of all traffic deaths during those years were directly related to driving under the influence, costing the state $1.66 billion dollars. It is surprising that more fatalities have not occurred, considering the state is home to nearly 50,000 3-time DUI offenders, and 5,659 5-time offenders.
The Illinois DUI Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin Disability Lawyers may be able to assist victims of drunk driving accidents in collecting compensation for the damages they incurred in the accident. They may also be able to help collect for lost wages and medical bills due to injuries sustained during the accident. Contact them immediately for a free consultation of your case if you have been injured.