Last Yearâ€™s Fatalities Decrease, White Hopes Trend Continues
Â Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is encouraging people to be safe and responsible drivers this Labor Day weekend by not drinking and driving.Â
â€œIllinois drivers have made a substantial improvement the past three Labor Day weekends in regards to safe driving,â€ White said. â€œAlcohol-related fatalities have decreased by almost 50 percent over that timeframe. My hope is that our drivers continue that trend until there are no deaths on our roads.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Illinois Department of Transportation figures show:
- In 2010, 9 percent of fatal crashes (1 of 11) were alcohol-related on Labor Day weekend.
- In 2009, 40 percent of fatal crashes (2 of 5) were alcohol-related on Labor Day weekend.
- In 2008, 58 percent of fatal crashes (7 of 12) were alcohol-related on Labor Day weekend.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 48 minutes.
Â â€œIf you are drinking, stay where you are or designate a sober driver,â€ White said. â€œSecretary of State Police will be participating in DUI and seatbelt patrols during the holiday weekend.â€