Driving while impaired continues to be a major cause in Illinois traffic accidents, many of which have caused serious accident injuries.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on its Medline Plus page titled “Impaired Driving” discusses and defines impaired driving as:
Impaired driving is dangerous. It’s the cause of more than half of all car crashes. It means operating a motor vehicle while you are affected by
- Legal or illegal drugs
- Distractions, such as using a cell phone or texting
- Having a medical condition which affects your driving
On this site, distracted driving is further discussed on the “Distracted Driving Accidents” page.
As seen in many statistics, driving after drinking is a major issue around holidays. The Illinois Department of Transportation issued a news release on December 28, 2016, titled “A New Year’s Resolution to Drive Sober, Buckle Up.” (pdf)
Crash data compiled by IDOT shows that in the last five years (2011-15), 49 people died in crashes on Illinois roads during the New Year’s holiday period. Twenty, or 41 percent, died in crashes involving at least one driver who had been drinking. During last year’s New Year’s holiday, 16 people lost their lives, with six fatalities, or 38 percent, as a result of crashes involving at least one driver who tested positive for alcohol.
“DUI remains one of the top contributing factors in fatal crashes around the holidays,” said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. “ISP Troopers will be conducting roadside safety checks and roving patrols, looking for and arresting intoxicated motorists. Remember, drive sober or get pulled over.”
Also seen in the press release is various tips for avoiding drunk driving.