Traffic Safety

Distracted Driving Targeted In New Illinois Law Effective July 2019

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic safety issue nationally, as well as throughout Illinois and in Cook County.  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 …

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Driver Distraction Awareness And Enforcement Initiative

Driver distraction continues to be a significant threat to safe travel both nationally and throughout Illinois.  While driver distraction can be caused by many different activities that divert the attention of the driver, among the most common reasons for driver distraction is operating a cell phone – and especially texting while driving.  As seen in …

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Reconstruction Of The Golf Road Traffic Circle In Des Plaines

“Roundabouts” and “traffic circles” often cause confusion among motorists.  Many motorists are unaware of how to properly navigate through these.  There is great potential for accidents to occur, given the amount of traffic that flows through traffic circles, especially if vehicles “fail to yield.” In the Chicago area, one of the oldest and most well-known …

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Crosswalk Safety Discussion Following Mount Prospect Bicyclist’s Death

On June 9, 2016, there was a bicycle accident in which a bicyclist was struck by a SUV while the bicyclist was in a crosswalk.  The accident happened at Central Road at Weller Lane in Mount Prospect. The bicyclist was identified as Joni Beaudry, 55, of Mount Prospect.  She was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park …

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Illegal Street Racing On Lower Wacker Drive

Street racing is dangerous, and has caused various accidents, some fatal, in the Chicago area over recent past years.  Street racing and these various accidents are discussed in the “Street Racing Accidents In Lake County.” Recently, there have been increased awareness and efforts to curtail street racing and related activities on Chicago’s Lower Wacker Drive. …

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“Reconstruction” Of Intersection At Damen, Elston & Fullerton

In Chicago, there are intersections that are considered “most dangerous,” as well as those that are considered “most dangerous to pedestrians.”  One intersection that has been the source of congestion, confusion, and various accidents is the “six-way” intersection at Damen, Elston and Fullerton Avenues. The Chicago Tribune article of May 27, 2015 titled “Realignment of …

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Hazardous Driving Conditions Expected For Cook County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a news release (“Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds to Create Hazardous Conditions Tonight and Super Bowl Sunday”) on January 31, 2015 regarding expected hazardous road conditions caused by high anticipated snowfall, including blizzard conditions.  While heavy snowfall is expected throughout Illinois, the highest level of snow should fall …

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Warning Concerning Illinois Road Conditions

Yesterday (January 5, 2015) the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “Governor Quinn Directs State Agencies to Combat Severe Winter Weather.”  The release discusses various aspects of the cold weather, snow, and resulting possible adverse road conditions throughout Illinois. A couple of excerpts: The Governor also directed the Illinois Department of …

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Chicago Initiative Regarding Illinois Crosswalk Laws

The City of Chicago has launched an initiative to “crack down” on motorists who are not yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks. Two articles discuss this pedestrian safety initiative.  The first article is the Chicago Tribune article of July 2, 2014, and is titled “Chicago cracks down on drivers ignoring crosswalks.” The second article …

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Pedestrian Safety

The Lisle Patch.com published an article on June 12, 2014 titled “Are America’s Streets Designed for Death?”  The article discusses various aspects of pedestrian deaths, including statistics and causes of pedestrian deaths, as well as recommendations as to improve pedestrian safety.  The article also references various resources, such as Smart Growth America’s May 2014 “Dangerous …

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