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holiday season drunk drivers-Lake CountyHoliday festivities are in full force as the New Year approaches. While families and friends come together for the holiday season, alcoholic beverages often accompany the parties. But as you and your loved ones bring in the new year, watch out for impaired drivers on the roads. Additionally, if you or a member of your family are injured in a collision involving negligence or alcohol impairment, contact a Lake County personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and options available for recovery.

Drinking and Driving Kills

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 29 people die in drunk driving accidents every day throughout the United States. While fatal collisions involving alcohol impairment have steadily decreased over the last three decades, drunk driving accidents still result in more than 10,000 fatalities annually.

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Conor’s Law, Drunk driving accident, underage DUI accident, underage DUI arrests, Waukegan car accident attorneyDrunk driving is a major, ongoing safety issue on our nation’s roads. Yet while the number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities has been on the decline in recent years, hundreds of people are still killed in these accidents every year in Illinois.

The state’s drunk driving laws aim to address this issue by providing harsh punishments for drunk drivers. One area in which the state hopes to improve safety is in matters involving underage drivers.

Conor’s Law Addresses Underage DUI Arrests

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drunk driving accidents, DUI, Lake County drunk driving accident attorney, drunk driving case, drunk driving preventionEvery year in the U.S. there are approximately 111 million instances in which adults drive after drinking over the legal limit. About 10,265 people die in drunk driving accidents across the country annually. Every two minutes, a person is injured in an alcohol-related traffic accident.

While the statistics do not resemble the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents during the drunk driving epidemic of the 1970s and 1980s, the rate of drunk driving is still a concern among many, and researchers and policymakers are seeking ways to address the issue.

What Can Be Done?

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fatal car accidents, Lake County car accident lawyer, opioids, drugged driving, Waukegan car accident attorneyEveryone is aware of the danger that drunk driving poses to people on the road, but many people may not realize that prescription painkillers can be just as dangerous.

As the use and abuse of opioids has increased in recent decades, the number of drivers killed in car accidents while under the influence of these drugs has also seen a major increase.

Study Shows the Impact of Opioids on Car Crashes

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Illinios accident lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illnois personal injury attorney,A recent study has highlighted a new danger on the road: drugged drivers. The study found that of drivers who died in a car accident, 43 percent of drivers tested positive for drugs and 37 percent of drivers had alcohol in their bodies. The study was released by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Marijuana Is Commonly Found in Killed Drivers

Of the positive drug tests in this study, 35 percent signaled marijuana use by the driver. This does not come as a surprise since medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia and recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and DC. However, it is illegal to drive impaired in all 50 states. More Policies and Resources Needed to Combat Drugged DrivingExperts argue that the results of the study highlight the need for more training for police officers on how to spot drugged driving as well as additional methodologies and standards for determining if a driver is too impaired to operate a vehicle. For example, there is no analogous drug test comparable to the breathalyzer.

Study’s Conclusions Are Questioned by Some

Some road safety experts warn that the study may provide an incomplete picture. The study was conducted in part by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by alcohol distillers. In addition, the study admits that it did not test every driver who died behind the wheel, which limits the study’s persuasiveness. Also, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to drugged driving prevention and testing. For example, the definition of impairment by drugs is not uniform. Detractors are worried that this study may take away from drunk driving awareness efforts, for which there is a well-studied need.

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