Mission & Philosophy
The Mission of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) is to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated or distracted motorists and to assist impaired driving crash victims and their families in Illinois.
We believe that deaths and injuries caused by drunk & drugged driving are not accidents, but are the tragic results of willful conduct. The label of "accident" obscures the causative factor of alcohol/drug abuse, and fails to recognize driving under the influence as a crime.
We believe that being under the influence of alcohol, or any other drug, does not absolve one of accountability for ones actions; rather, the lack of accountability develops a climate of irresponsibility - and leads to an increase in the DUI problem.
We believe that driving is a privilege, not a right, granted by society to those members who comply with rules established for the good of all; that any benefits an individual derives from driving are secondary to the safety of others; and that the economic impact associated with the loss of driving privileges is the concern only of the individual driver, and should not out-weigh the safety of others. Life, not livelihood, is the issue, and should be center most in the mind of the Court when sentencing persons guilty of DUI.
We believe that the law enforcement agencies and the judicial system must be sensitive to the trauma of the victims of drunk/drugged driving in order to avoid causing still further emotional injury and to guard against inequity in the disposition of DUI cases.
We know that drunk/drugged driving is a complex social problem, and no single simple solution exists. Rather, a multifaceted solution encompassing many elements must include elements of education to heighten public awareness; formal education in primary and secondary schools, deterrence through law enforcement; and rehabilitation. Such an approach will require the coordination of public agencies and private organizations as never before.