While the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Illinois has decreased 37.8 percent between 2002 and 2012 -- in large part because of increased awareness, tougher punishments and legislative action -- drunk driving remains a serious problem in Illinois, though more severe in some parts of the state than others.
Everyone knows that drinking alcoholic beverages before driving a vehicle is a dangerous combination. It leads to many accidents and deaths that could easily be avoided if the driver chose an alternate ride home. But what about driving after enjoying a cup or two of our popular Polynesian beverage, 'awa?
Despite a sharp increase in awareness of the distracted driving problem, we're not seeing a significant change in drivers' behavior. Why not? And, what will it take to turn this problem around? Why did another campaign -- the designated-driver campaign against drunk driving -- succeed? And what's different about the distracted-driving problem?