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On October 15th, three people were travelling in the Glenview neighborhood north of Chicago in the afternoon after visiting family.  They were driving east on Harrison Street when the car they were in was hit by a Skokie garbage truck by the Harlem intersection.  The 2006 Kia SUV became lodged underneath the truck and then caught on fire.

The three people in the car were badly burnt from the accident.  They were later identified as Won Suk Rim, 57, and his wife Jung Ran Min, 52, both from the 2500 block of West Farragut in Chicago.  The woman in the backseat was Gwi Rye Kim, a 65 year old from West Berwyn.  All three died from a combination of carbon monoxide poisoning, burns and blunt force trauma from the accident.

The driver of the garbage truck was unhurt in the car accident.  He was on his way to the Glenview transfer station in Glenview with a full load of garbage.  The Village of Skokie defended their driver saying that “the individual has been employed by the village of Skokie for 19 years and has an excellent performance record.”  He was not charged with a crime for his part in the accident.  That unnamed driver of the garbage truck is seeking counseling after being shaken up by the incident.

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Drug commercials run constantly on every channel.  Sometimes it is unclear what is ever being treated by some of these medications.  If the purpose of the product is sometimes unknown, then what else is improperly presented by commercials for drugs?

A research team comprised of academics of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Dartmouth College looked to answer that question.  They reviewed the veracity of TV commercials that drug companies run in the United States.

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Two west suburban Chicago women were killed in mid-September in a fiery crash on the Eisenhower Expressway, according to the Chicago Tribune. A man was arrested in connection with the crash and was “charged with aggravated driving under the influence,” Illinois State Police told the Tribune of Miguel Rico, 20. “But State Police spokesperson Monique Bond and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said [later] that Rico has not yet been charged.” Rico is, however, allegedly the man who was operating the vehicle responsible for the crash, and, according to the Tribune, “after the crash was arrested and held without bail on a charge of violating probation in a 2011 felony drug-possession case.”

Regardless of whether Rico is found guilty of aggravated DUI, it’s clear that he was held on charges of probation violation and could face additional consequences because of these charges, separate of the Eisenhower Expressway incident. According to FindLaw.com, “generally, a probation violation occurs when you ignore, avoid, refuse, or otherwise break the terms or conditions of your probation at any time during the probation period.” Probation times vary by state and type of offense, but generally range anywhere from one to three years. Violent crimes or incidents that involved death or bodily harm tend to carry longer probation periods—they could, according to FindLaw.com, “last for several years depending on the original offense.”

According to a publication issued by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, the number of drivers arrested for DUI has continued to decline in recent years. In the first district of Cook County, for example, there were 3,862 drivers arrested for DUI in 2009. In 2011, that number had declined significantly to 3,175. The decline could be a result of stepped up efforts on the part of the criminal justice system in Illinois to deter drivers from drunk driving, and are consistent with an overall decline in drunk driving arrests in the U.S. since the beginning of the decade.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn authorized a bill that aim to make waterways safer in July of 2013.  He was supported by the Borcia family of Libertyville.  Last summer, they lost their son during a family outing on a lake.

Tony Borcia was ten years old last year when he was struck and killed by a boat.  Prior to the accident, Tony had fallen off a tube that was being pulled by his parent’s pontoon boat.  While he was wading in the water for his father to turn the boat around and get him, David Hatyina ran him over.  Tony unfortunately died from the injuries he received from the accident.

It turned out that Hatyina was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time.  This is not an isolated incident either.  A spokesperson from the Governor’s office said that in 2012, there were over 100 boating-related accidents which caused 77 injuries and 17 deaths.  Alcohol was a contributing influence to 13 of the accidents and five of the fatalities.

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In April of this year, Phillip Smith was driving his car on a road in Lake County.  The retired construction worker ran a red light and crashed his car into a school bus full of children.  Although none of the children were fatally injured, Smith died from injuries sustained in the accident.

The autopsy performed on Smith revealed that he was impaired by the presence of multiple drugs in his system.  Drugs in his system included a sedative and a narcotic painkiller, both of which can cause drowsiness, fogginess and slower reflexes.  Yet, both medications were supplied by his doctor to combat chronic back and neck pain from a fractured vertebra mere weeks before this car accident.

Most research done into the use of narcotic medications assumed that people who continually use this medicine would develop a tolerance which would allow them to drive.  New research has shown that this may not be the case.

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