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posted: 11/19/2012 7:35 PM

Cook County to offer DUI memorial markers

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Families of those killed by DUI drivers in Cook County now have the opportunity to purchase a memorial marker at the crash site.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the new program Monday for the families of those who have died in DUI crashes since Jan. 1, 1990, on highways under the county's jurisdiction.

The maker includes a "Please Don't Drink and Drive" sign and an optional commemorative plaque with their loved one's name and accident date. The markers cost $150.

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

The Cook County Department of Transportation will install and maintain the markers for two years.

The program is similar to that offered by the state of Illinois.

In 2010, 80 people died from DUI accidents in Cook County and 436 people were killed throughout the state.

For more information or to apply for a marker, visit blog.cookcountygov.com.

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