Chicago Area Police Stepping Up DUI Prevention Over St. Pat’s Weekend

It’s no secret that Chicagoans have
strong affinity for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and enjoy the parade and
celebration throughout the weekend. This is a concern for area police
departments as there tend to be a larger amount of impaired drivers on the
road. The Chicago Tribune reported this week that the
Naperville, IL police are partaking in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns over St. Patrick’s Day
weekend. These two campaigns are used by police departments all over Illinois
during most major holidays when alcohol consumption increases. 

The
goal of the campaign is to enhance traffic safety in our community and to
increase public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and not wearing
seatbelts. This campaign will be directed at motorists who operate vehicles
while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and motorist observed with
seatbelt violations. 
Officers
will be deployed throughout the city in an effort to identify and apprehend
offenders. This campaign will commence during the evening of March 14, 2013 and
continue through March 23, 2013.

It
is very simple folks. If you are going to be out drinking this weekend, do not
get behind the wheel. You will protect yourself and others.

If
you or someone you love has been injured in a Chicago car crash or Chicagotruck accident, then call Chicago injury attorney Aaron Bryant for a free legalconsultation at 312-588-3384. 

Traffic Accidents Are Highest Cause Of Deaths For Teens In The U.S.

 Yesterday in Will
County, Illinois, which is just South of Chicago, there was a report of fourteen
students who all died in a tragic car accident. This is depressing news and is
definitely hitting that community hard. Unfortunately, this is not some outlier
or random event in this United States. As the 
Los Angeles Times reported
yesterday, 
car deaths outpaced homicides,
suicides and accidental poisonings for teenagers in this country. 

The
federal statistics show that in 2010, an average of seven people aged 16 to 19
died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Per mile driven, drivers ages 16 to
19 are three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal car crash.

The question
remains, what can parents and lawmakers do about this issue? First, as I have
written about dozens of times, there need to be stricter penalties for texting
and driving. Specifically, the punishment should include points against someone’s
driver’s license if they are caught texting and driving, and the threat of jail
time if someone is injured in a car crash. Another idea, which I have talked
about before, would include a longer permit period and stronger testing for
teen drivers, which would involve more safety courses. I know it is wishful
thinking to believe these measures would wipe out the problem of teen traffic deaths, but it is a start. 

If you
or someone you love has been injured in a Chicago car accident or Chicago truck accident, or have a wrongful death case, then call Chicago personal injury attorney Aaron Bryant for a free consultation at 312-588-3384.

Are Rock Hauling Trucks Dangerous For Other Motorists?

CBS Chicago had an
interesting report this week discussing the dangers involved with over the road
trucks that carry large hauls of rocks around town. According to Illinois law
all trucks carrying loads with material that can escape the truck, must be
covered with a tarp. 

State
law requires falling or escaping material and certain types of loads to be
covered by a tarp. McCook Police Chief Frank Wolfe says this also applies to
peak loads. “That’s when it should be tarped, because a condition now exists
that a stone could come off that truck,” Wolfe said. It really is the
responsibility of each individual driver to put a tarp over their load, Wolfe
said. His department is working to enforce the law. “We issue citations,”
he said. Fines can be as high as $500. “Their bosses should be out
here checking on the drivers,” said the man whose windshield was cracked. “It’s
just outrageous.”

This
is a nice report and good to bring attention to this issue, but I have not read
anywhere that this is an epidemic causing car accidents in the Chicago area or
anywhere else. Regardless, if a truck does not have its load covered with a
tarp and material flies out and cracks a windshield (and potentially causing a
more serious car crash), then the truck driver and trucking company should be
held responsible. This is a negligent act that can easily be avoided.

If
you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Chicago truck accident
or Chicago car accident, then call Chicago personal injury attorney, Aaron
Bryant, for a free legal consultation at 312-588-3384.