Vast Majority Of Wrong-Way Drivers Are Impaired, 30 Occurred in Cook County in 2018, According to IDOT

Family, friends and police from around the Midwest will begin saying goodbye to Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald Ellis Thursday. Ellis died after a driver going the wrong way crashed head on into him.

CBS Chicago’s Tara Molina looked at wrong-way crashes in Cook County in 2018 and found 30. There were 95 wrong-way crashes statewide. There were 11 fatal crashes.

Almost every wrong-way crash involves an impaired driver. The vast majority of drivers are impaired with drugs and alcohol.

Drunk, wrong-way driving became a felony on January 1, 2019 — the first of its kind in the United States. Rep. Mike Zalewski spearheaded the law.






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