Increased Holiday Traffic Safety Initiatives

On December 21, 2015 the Illinois Department of Transportation issued a press release titled “IDOT, Law Enforcement:  Drunk Driving Ruins the Holidays.” (pdf)  The press release discusses various statistics and other aspects concerning drunk driving fatalities in Illinois, and also mentions the number of fatalities over the extended Christmas weekend in 2014.  Extended enforcement initiatives, including roadside safety checks and seatbelt monitoring efforts, are also discussed.

A couple of excerpts from the press release:

In 2011, NHTSA estimates there were 278 drunk driving fatalities (motor vehicle deaths involving at least one driver with a BAC of.08 or higher) in Illinois. But in 2012 and 2013, the number increased to 322, a 15 percent increase from 2011. There was a slight decrease in 2014, with 317 drunk driving fatalities in Illinois in 2014, according to NHTSA estimates. As recently as 2007, there were 439 drunk driving fatalities in Illinois.

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“Driving under the influence remains a significant factor in fatal traffic crashes,” said Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Williams. “The ISP will be doing our part to help keep the roadways State of Illinois Bruce Rauner, Governor Illinois Department of Transportation Randall S. Blankenhorn, Secretary safe this holiday season by conducting extra patrols with an emphasis on removing impaired drivers. You can do your part by planning ahead to designate a driver or arrange for other responsible transportation methods. Voluntary compliance with safe driving laws is the goal for the ISP. Help make this a better holiday for everyone. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The December 21, 2015 wsiltv.com article (with video) titled “Law enforcement steps up patrol for holiday season” also discusses increased holiday law enforcement efforts and drunk driving accident statistics.  An excerpt:

Police will also be checking for seat belts more often, which is a measure Watson said helps cut down on fatalities, too.

“Wearing your seat belt is literally your last defense. This is your ability to keep yourself as safe as possible, in relationship to other people’s bad decisions,” he said.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving show each state’s statistics of fatalities involving drunken drivers for 2013.

For 2013, Illinois had 322 drunk driving fatalities, which was 32.5 percent of total traffic deaths in the state and was the same amount from 2012.

Additional details concerning these DUI enforcement efforts as well as related traffic safety measures can be seen in the IDOT press release and wsiltv.com article mentioned above.

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