As a Chicago personal injury and accident lawyer, when I read about new tasks forces developed such as The Safe Driver Advisory Council, this makes me smile. As a victim of a drunk driver over 25 years ago, I know that the roads can be a dangerous place for everyone. One negligent or careless driver can change an individual's life forever. This happened to me, it can happen to you.
Just this week the Illinois State Senate passed a resolution proposed by Jesse White the Illinois Secretary of State to make our roads a safer place for all. The Safe Driver Advisory Council will soon be a task force in the state of Illinois. This council's main mission will be to reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities on Illinois roadways. The council will be composed of ten members. All will bring different job experience and life experience to the Council. Jesse White has spent many years working on initiatives in the State of Illinois to do just that. Make Illinois roads a safer place for all motorists and pedestrians. Many of the initiatives implemented by White have saved thousands of lives.
As a Chicago car accident and injury lawyer, I know that the roads are a dangerous place for both motorists and pedestrians. One of the riskiest activities that a Chicago resident can do is getting behind the wheel of the car. Thousands of individuals are killed on the US roads daily. Many of these fatalities could have been prevented. Let's take a closer look at some of the initiatives that have been implemented in the State of Illinois. All these have been done with the intention of making the roads a safer place.
The issue of distracted driving is a hot button for many. Every day when I am in my car I see other motorists talking and texting while on the road. Thinking to myself, what could be so urgent? We have become a society of instant gratification. We cannot even drive in the car without resisting the mobile devise. Bans have been implemented across the country to stop the use of any mobile devise while driving. Statistics have shown that fatalities from distracted driving are coming close to those of drunk drivers. What's happening to our society? Many drivers would never entertain the thought of drinking and driving. Despite this, many of these same individuals will talk, text and review e-mails while driving. Initiatives across the country are working to implement laws that will reduce the number of injuries and fatalities from distracted drivers.
Other Illinois programs that have made the roads safer for drivers include the GDL and the Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) program. The GDL program also known as the graduated driver licensing program. This program was aimed at improving our teens driving skills. Making our teens, better and more aware drivers. The program was implemented in 2008 by the Secretary of State. Since 2008, teen driving fatalities have been reduced by 50%. These task forces can reduce the number of car accidents and car accident fatalities.