We are entering a period of national mobilization to address a significant safety issue in our country. From August 15, 2018 – September 3, 2018, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be in effect to help raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and to help prevent future tragedies.
Pedestrians Put at Risk by Drunk Drivers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Governors Highway Safety Association, drunk drivers are responsible for about 15 percent of pedestrian fatalities. A drunk driver may also cause serious injuries if the driver hits a pedestrian. When a pedestrian is hurt because of the actions (or inactions) of a drunk driver, the drunk driver may face criminal charges and a civil lawsuit.
A civil drunk driving lawsuit is important even if criminal charges are also filed by the State of Illinois because it is through a civil lawsuit that an injured pedestrian or the loved ones of a pedestrian who was killed may recover financial damages. These damages may include compensation for all of the past, current, and future losses related to the drunk driving accident including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Be Part of the Solution During the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Period
It is important to drive sober every day of the year. However, during this period of national mobilization, you can also help prevent future drunk driving accidents, injuries, and fatalities by:
- Raising awareness of the problem on social media.
- Submitting an editorial to your local newspaper.
- Talking to your family and friends about the dangers of drunk driving.
- Pledging to always drive sober.
You can use drunk driving prevention and awareness materials provided by the United States Department of Transportation or you can develop your own. Either way, this is an important time to reflect on the risks of drunk driving, to remember those who have been killed by drunk drivers, and to work to prevent future tragedies.