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Winter Weather, Holidays Pose Driving Hazards For Chicago Area Travelers

Legal Articles | December 16, 2010

Winter weather has made its annual return to Chicago, leaving many Chicago-area drivers in need of a refresher course in safe driving under dangerous weather conditions. Although ice and snow can make the roads more treacherous, drivers can take extra safety precautions to prevent most auto accidents. Remember that bridges may freeze more quickly than…

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Deadly While Drowsy

Legal Articles | November 10, 2010

In September, a Lake County man died after falling asleep and crashing his vehicle into a dump truck, according to the Chicago Tribune. The violent, fatal crash was preventable, as were the estimated 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries nationwide caused by drowsy, fatigued, or sleeping drivers. The National Sleep Foundation says the estimates of deaths…

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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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