Designating a sober driver, calling a taxi or contacting a friend or family member to help you find a way home is the right choice. Drunk driving, on the other hand, is the reckless choice.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
Chicago car accident lawyer Patrick A. Salvi asked residents in Chicago, Waukegan and throughout the state to make safety a top priority as they celebrate the end of the summer during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
“This is a time of year when people will get together with family and friends to enjoy one last party, cookout or trip to the ballpark or lake before the summer ends,” Salvi said. “We just want to make sure that people don’t include drinking and driving in their Labor Day plans.
“We want people to enjoy themselves without getting behind the wheel after they have consumed alcohol. That’s a decision that could put themselves and others in serious danger.”
Salvi pointed out that the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies in Cook County, Lake County and across Illinois will be participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through Monday, September 3.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), more than 300 law enforcement agencies will join forces in the crackdown, which will include more than 200 roadside safety checks and hundreds of other impaired driving and seat belt patrols.
“We support this effort to deter people from drinking and driving and to catch those who ignore the law by doing so,” said Salvi, a veteran Chicago car accident attorney and the managing equity partner of the Chicago personal injury firm of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
“Ultimately, it comes down to individuals making safe, responsible choices during the holiday weekend and throughout the year,” he added. “Designating a sober driver, calling a taxi or contacting a friend or family member to help you find a way home is the right choice. Drunk driving, on the other hand, is the reckless choice.”
Salvi pointed to the most recent IDOT data showing that a traffic fatality involving a legally drunk person – one with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher – occurred every 1.2 days in Illinois in 2010. For the year, a total of 298 alcohol-related traffic deaths were recorded.
If a person is injured by a drunk driver or loses a loved one in an alcohol-related car accident, it’s important to seek legal assistance in order to protect their legal rights, Salvi said.
“Our firm has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drunk drivers,” he said. “We are fully committed to holding drunk drivers accountable and doing our best to secure compensation for any harm they cause.”
About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. is a leading Illinois personal injury law firm with offices in Chicago and Waukegan. In addition to representing clients in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, aviation and product liability cases, the firm focuses on car and truck accidents, airplane and train accidents, construction injuries, birth injuries, brain injuries, unsafe properties and animal attacks. The firm has obtained more than $620 million on behalf of its clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including 175 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. The firm’s Chicago office is located at 22 West Washington Street, Suite 1600 ,Chicago IL 60602 (local phone (312) 372-1227). For more information, call (312) 372-1227 or use the firm’s online contact form.