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Driving While Petting: Deadly Dog Distractions

Legal Articles | November 3, 2010

The dangers of driving while texting and talking on a cell phone have become hot button issues across the U.S., but a recent study by the Automobile Association of America (AAA) has highlighted another dangerous example of distracted driving – having a pet inside your vehicle. According to the AAA’s online survey of 1,000 dog…

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National Distracted Driving Summit Shares Creative Ideas

Legal Articles | October 27, 2010

The Second National Distracted Driving Summit revealed some important and creative ideas to combat the deadly problem of distracted driving in the U.S. A variety of lawmakers, lobbyists, state and federal officials, law enforcement officers and safe-driving advocates attended the Washington, D.C. summit to share potential solutions to the dangers that distracted drivers create on…

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Drunk Driving Reduction In Illinois

Legal Articles | October 11, 2010

In 2008, more than 13,000 people lost their lives as a result of crashes related to drunk driving. In that same year, more than 400 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Illinois, accounting for almost 40 percent of the state’s crash fatalities. While all 50 states have statutory offenses directed at those who drive under…

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Survey Says! Chicago Drivers Are Dangerous

Legal Articles | October 5, 2010

Chicago is known for deep-dish pizza, rabid football fans and one other thing: dangerous drivers. According to Allstate Insurance, Chicago ranks 167 out of 200 cities in driver safety. The average Chicagoan can be expected to be involved in a motor vehicle accident once every 7.6 years. Fort Collins, Colo., was the safest city to…

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Cost Of Illinois Speeding Tickets Soars

Legal Articles | October 1, 2010

The cost of a speeding ticket in Illinois recently rose by 60 percent. While state officials acknowledge that higher fines raise revenues for state government, they hope the stiffer penalties encourage drivers to slow down and be safer. CBS News reports that in September, penalties went up for convictions on a number of traffic offenses…

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Illinois Police Initiate Month-Long Crackdown On Unsafe Driving

Legal Articles | September 15, 2010

The Chicago area is experiencing increased enforcement efforts this month as Illinois police take aim at unsafe driving behaviors. A number of police departments are unified in their efforts to enforce a variety of violations, including speeding, DUI, tailgating, lane violations, failing to wear seatbelts, and texting while driving. The September campaign will focus on…

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Understanding Automobile Insurance in Illinois

Legal Articles | August 4, 2010

While all drivers in Illinois are required to purchase automobile insurance, many are unfamiliar with what their policies cover or how the claims process works. Because insurance terms are often confusing and highly technical, understanding your coverage may require more than simply reading your policy declarations page. This article explains some basic car-insurance terminology and…

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