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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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For once, happy DUI news

December 10th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

When you are reading your morning paper, you often see stories about drunk drivers or car accidents where it is suspected that one of the drivers was drunk. You also see a number of tragic stories about people dying in car crashes. Well, this time we are not looking at story of how a drunk driver killed someone. In fact, this will be quite the opposite of that.

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, Thanksgiving was a very peaceful time when looking at traffic casualties. In Illinois, traffic deaths were down by nearly 63 percent over the holiday weekend compared to last year’s statistics. There were no drunk driving incidents reported either.

Of course, the reasons for this are not definite, but the Illinois Department of Transportation says they believe good road conditions over the weekend were part of it, in addition to their Drive to Survive traffic safety campaign.

This year, there were two crashes and three deaths during the Thanksgiving weekend, whereas the previous year there were seven crashes and eight deaths.

Seat belt regulations and DUI laws were enforced actively by the Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies who were out over the weekend.

Ann Schneider, the state transportation secretary, told the press that seat belt usage is at a record high in Illinois.

Even though we were able to do a post without anyone facing charges this one time, there is always someone facing DUI charges. If you or a loved one are facing charges for drunk driving, you should immediately contact an experienced DUI attorney. We have helped numerous clients in Illinois with their drunk driving charges, so if you need a DUI attorney, do not hesitate. Contact our offices today.

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