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Press Release: Cook County Launches DUI Memorial Program
Families can commemorate loss of loved one with memorial marker

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the launch a program that will let families purchase a memorial marker near the site of a DUI fatality to commemorate the loss of a loved one.


                Under the new DUI Memorial Program, families can acquire the marker online for fatal DUI crashes on or after January 1, 1990 on highways under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways. The marker consists of a “Please Don’t Drink and Drive” sign and an optional commemorative plaque with the loved one’s name and accident date. Families can purchase the marker for $150. The department will install and maintain the marker for two years.  The program is modeled after a similar one offered by the State of Illinois.


“Families will be able to honor their loved ones in the most meaningful way— by reminding travelers of the dangers of drinking and driving,” President Preckwinkle said. “It also gives families the chance to promote public safety and potentially save lives.”

               

             The initial request for a memorial marker program was made by the family of Oleg Oleinik, who was the victim of a fatal DUI-related crash in Glenview in 2008. The County installed the first memorial sign on the anniversary of Mr. Oleinik’s death in mid-October.


                In Cook County 80 people died as a result of DUI accidents in 2010. Last year in Illinois, 436 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes—nearly 50% of total crash fatalities statewide.


                To learn more about the program, or to apply for a marker, go to the Cook County website at http://blog.cookcountygov.com and press the link to “Apply for a DUI Roadside Memorial” on the right side of the page.



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