Drug-Impaired Motorists And Their Vulnerability To Getting In Accidents

Drug-impaired motorists continues to be a growing problem with regard to traffic safety.  As discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page, various statistics indicate that the frequency of drug-impaired driving is both increasing and at worrisome levels.  In addition to these statistics, there have been many Chicago-area traffic accidents – including those in DuPage County – in which a driver is found to be impaired by drug use.  Some of these accidents have led to one or more fatalities.

The level of impairment among drug-impaired motorists can vary significantly, depending upon various factors such as the amount of drugs consumed as well as their type.  Additionally, if more than one drug is used – or alcohol is consumed near the time of the drug use – the level of impairment can be magnified.

There was an Elgin crash Sunday (September 23, 2018) after which Illinois State Troopers administered the opioid overdose antidote Narcan to the driver.

An excerpt regarding the crash, from the September 24, 2018 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Troopers use opioid antidote to revive driver after Elgin crash“:

Peter Thomas Klingelhofer, 38, of Wood Dale, was driving a black Chevrolet west on interstate 290 near Mill Road when the car left the roadway and barreled into a ditch, according to Illinois State Police. Responding troopers found Klingelhofer slumped over and unresponsive in the car.

After getting inside the vehicle, the troopers gave Klingelhofer two doses of Narcan before successfully resuscitating him, state police said.

According to the Illinois State Police, Klingelhofer was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for medical treatment.

He was later arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and also charged with other traffic violations.

Additional details regarding this crash can be seen in the article mentioned above as well as the September 24 Park Ridge Patch article titled “Cops Save Man Who Overdosed, Drove Into Ditch.”

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