SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is marking the 20th anniversary of legislation that lowered the drunken driving limit to .08 blood-alcohol concentration.
State officials said Friday that since the law was enacted alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crash fatalities in Illinois have fallen by about 43 percent.READ MORE: Student And Staff Data From Area School District Were Dumped On The Dark Web, And Parents And Staffers Had No Clue
The year before in 1997 there were 534 people who died in crashes involving at least one driver who was at or above the .08 level. In 2015 about 300 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in Illinois.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cold Front On The Way
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists held an event Friday at the Illinois State Fair reminding motorists to drive sober.MORE NEWS: Protesters Say Benet Academy In Lisle Rescinded Lacrosse Coach's Job Offer Because She Is A Lesbian
IDOT officials say that while there are fewer fatalities drunken driving “continues to shatter hundreds of lives each year.”