Officer Facing Charges for Driving Under the Influence in Collision that Killed Another Officer
WOODRIDGE, IL- Wgntv.com writes that a fatal car accident took place on Monday. December 17, 2018,in the western suburbs of Chicago. The driver of one of the vehicles, a Cook County corrections officer is now facing charges for driving under the influence at the time ofthe crash.*
Pablo Perez, 30 was hospitalized following the fatal accident, and later charged for driving under the influence. The incident took place at about 4 in the afternoon when three vehicles, including a light duty box truck,collided close to Joliet Road and Davies Road.
Zachary Perry, 27, who was a Cook County Sheriff’s Officer, died at the scene of the accident. Perry was a corrections officer.
Perez has been de-deputized following the collision. The crash is still under investigation.
Alcohol is a key contributing factor in manyfatal crashes every year in the United States. A little less than a third of all traffic fatalities are caused by drunk drivers. In the past few decades, advocacy groups have fought to reduce the number of drunk drivers. The efforts have been successful in greatly cutting down on the number of drunk drivers and has helped to make driving under the influence a practice that is culturally stigmatized. However, many people still choose to drive after drinking, and an increasing number of people are driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuanaor prescriptions that can impair drivers. The issue of drugged driving had made it more difficult for police to enforce impaired driving laws.
Fortunately, in some places, ride-sharingservices are helping decrease the number of impaired drivers.
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