Kryder Law’s auto accident attorneys are aware that drunk driving is a major safety hazard on roads in the Chicagoland area. While Illinois has many key laws in place to prevent and prosecute drunk driving, it remains a significant cause of auto accidents in the state. In 2012, drunk driving accidents accounted for 34% of all automobile accident deaths. No matter how safe a driver you are, you can’t be responsible for other drivers on the road.
Every state has two types of drunk driving offenses. The first one is based on a police officer’s observation of a driver, and often referred to as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI). The second is based on blood alcohol level. Nationally, a blood alcohol level of .08 g/dl is considered the point at which driving ability is impaired. This kind of offense is known as illegal per se.
Fortunately, Illinois has been proactive in prosecuting drunk driving. It is one of many states that uses ignition interlock mechanisms for all convicted offenders. This device requires the driver to produce a breath sample and prevents the car from starting if the driver has alcohol on his or her breath. Illinois began employing this device in 2009 and it has resulted in a 22% decrease in deaths by drunk driving in the state. These devices are typically installed for about six months for first time offenders and longer for repeat offenders.
First and foremost, it is important to never get behind the wheel when intoxicated. It’s also vital to educate your children about the importance of avoiding underage drinking and driving. You should also be aware of the laws surrounding drunk driving, such as social host laws, that hold adults responsible for serving alcohol to underage drinkers. If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, you should consult with one of our personal injury lawyers who can help you determine your best course of action.