Traffic Safety

Distracted Driving Penalties Increase Under New Illinois Law

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic safety issue nationally, as well as throughout Illinois including Southern Illinois.  There are many possible actions that can lead to a driver being distracted to the point where the driver is susceptible to a loss of vehicle control.   Two of the most problematical actions that frequently lead …

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Reasons For The Historically High Level Of Traffic Fatalities

Motor-vehicle deaths and the national trends in such fatalities is discussed in the February 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Road-Death Rates Remain Near 10-Year High.”   The article discusses trends in fatal vehicle accidents, as well as technologies that are utilized to improve driving safety. Various reasons for this historically high level of …

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The Recent Increase Of Illinois Fatal Traffic Accidents

On December 17, 2016 the State Journal-Register published an article titled “Speeding ticket numbers down, fatalities up on Illinois roads.”  The article discusses trends in Illinois traffic fatalities, the number of speeding tickets being issued by the Illinois State Police (ISP), and what factors may be causing the increase in Illinois fatal traffic accidents. An …

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Illinois Vehicle Collisions Involving Deer

On November 3, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Oh, Deer:  Potential Encounters to Rise in Coming Weeks.” (pdf)  The release speaks of deer-vehicle collisions in Illinois and features a variety of statistics. Notable excerpts include: Approximately 40 to 45 percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2015 occurred …

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