Designated drivers can help reduce risks of Chicago car accidents caused by drunk driving

Our Chicago car accident attorneys encourage revelers to make arrangements to get home safe this holiday season. If you are going to be drinking, don’t drive. And make sure friends and loved ones also have made arrangements for safe transport home.

Companies and safety organizations are offering professional designated drivers this holiday season in an effort to reduce the risks of Chicago car accidents caused by drunk drivers.

The Chicago Tribune reports the “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk” campaign at Soldier Field and a company called ‘Be My Designated Driver” are two such efforts. That company charged $45 plus tip to take a customer and several friends home from a Lincolnshire party recently.Parents should take special care to speak to their teenagers and young drivers about the importance of making good driving decisions this holiday season and not drinking and driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 11,000 deaths resulted from drunk driving accidents last year — or one death every 45 minutes. The Illinois Department of Transportation reports there have been a total of 373 alcohol-related traffic crashes in the state so far in 2010.

The SouthTown Star recently reported that the night before Thanksgiving — Black Wednesday — is the busiest night of the year and kicks off the holiday season. Increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints and other efforts by law enforcement will be aimed at reducing the risks associated with Chicago drunk driving accidents and serious and fatal car accidents elsewhere in Illinois.

We encourage you to celebrate responsibly to help ensure the safety of you and your family, as well as other motorists on the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Chicago accident, the personal injury attorneys and wrongful death lawyers at Abels & Annes offer free case evaluations. Call (866) 99-ABELS to speak directly to an attorney.

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