Brain injuries have always occurred in high numbers in the United States, of course, although they just might not have seemed as prevalent in bygone decades as they do presently.
Autumn in Illinois can be just about as compelling as it is anywhere else in the United States, with the annual transition it marks providing for dramatic scene-changing moments. For many people, the interlude between summer and winter can be especially magical, given its shimmering display of foliage transformation and its promise of approaching holidays.
In an earlier post this month we reported on the fact that a 59-year-old woman was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in several accidents where a Illinois state trooper and seven others were injured. Since then, more information regarding the woman's driving record -- which includes a history of drunk driving arrests -- has been released, showing just how difficult it can be to keep a habitual drunk driver off of the road.
A woman is facing a DUI charge following a crash that injured a state trooper on Sept. 6, according to local sources. The Illinois officer was sent to a local hospital following the car accident, and the 59-year-old woman has been charged with DUI, among other charges in association with the crash. Seven other individuals were also injured in the crash.
Despite the best efforts of the Illinois State Police to espouse the virtues of safe driving, accidents still happen. That was the case in St. Clair County on Sept. 1 when a crossover car accident killed one out-of-state woman and left her husband clinging to life. So far, police have not filed any formal charges in the accident, which involved two other vehicles. It does not appear that anyone else was injured in the crash.
From the standpoint of the millions of American drivers who choose to take a conscientious stance by not ever drinking and driving, the purposeful decision of a motorist to get behind the wheel while drunk is egregiously selfish behavior.
Here's what is going on in the heads of many national safety regulators who are regularly confronted with dire statistics regarding motor vehicle crashes and attendant fatalities across the country.
The Kane County Chronicle recently ran an article on ways for motorists to save money on car insurance. As our Elgin readers know, insurance can leave a hole in any household budget, but it is possible to save money while retaining good coverage in case of a car accident.
Illinois is among a strong minority of states with a law on the books mandating that even a first-time convicted drunk driver install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle that he or she drives.