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Holidays a Busy Time for DUIs

December 31st, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Michael Izeta, 26, has been charged with felony aggravated DUI after hitting an 87-year-old pedestrian in the Uptown neighborhood in mid-December, according to Chicago CBS Local. The accident happened early in the morning, and Izeta initially left the scene of the crash, a punishable charge in and of itself. He was quickly apprehended by police, and then “charged with drunk driving, running a red light, driving without a license or insurance and other traffic violations,” according to CBS Local. The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and was listed in critical condition. Izeta was later charged with the felony aggravated DUI, and was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing.  

The holiday season is an especially busy time for police dealing with drunk drivers, and this year the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign to combat it. According to a recent press release from the NHTSA, more than $7 million is being spent in national TV and radio advertising in an effort to curb drunk-driving deaths.

The NHTSA released 2011 drunk driving statistics that show declines in 27 states, “with four states leading the nation in declines in alcohol impaired driving fatalities.” Texas, New York, South Carolina, and Tennessee led the nation, all with more than 30 fewer fatalities. Colorado, Florida, and New Jersey saw increases of 30 or more alcohol-related fatalities in 2011.

Most communities, the Chicago-area included, offer sober ride programs that a person can call in lieu of driving drunk. With the holiday crackdown and the new initiatives being launched by the NHTSA, now’s a better time than ever to take advantage of programs such as these.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an alcohol-related crash, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced Chicago-area DUI attorney today.

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