The Illinois Department of Transportation has released preliminary data about fatal 2015 car accidents. As of December 31, 2015, 401 people had died in Illinois traffic accidents. This number does not include any accidents that occurred prior to midnight on New Year’s Eve and may be amended as further information is available.
However, it’s important to consider the early information that is currently available.
2015 was a deadly year on Illinois roads. The number of traffic fatalities has grown each year since 2011, when 354 people died in Illinois traffic accidents. It has been suggested that mild weather, low gas prices, and an improved economy may have led to more motorists being on the road and, thus, more accidents occurring. Whether or not those factors contributed to additional drivers being on the road and additional accidents, there are steps that we can all take to help reduce serious and fatal Illinois cashes in 2016.
Illinois Still Has a Goal of Zero Fatalities
Despite the increased number of traffic accidents fatalities in Illinois during 2015, the Illinois Department of Transportation still believes that zero fatalities is possible. In order for there to be no deaths on our roadways, every driver will need to participate.
Every driver will need to commit to:
- Always driving sober.
- Never driving while drowsy or fatigued.
- Never driving while distracted.
- Always complying with the traffic laws.
- Always being mindful of weather conditions and traffic conditions.
- Always wearing seatbelts and insisting on appropriate car seats or seatbelts for passengers.
Let’s make 2016 the year when traffic deaths substantially decrease in our state. Let’s work toward the Illinois Department of Transportation’s goal of zero fatalities together so that fewer lives are lost and fewer families are left mourning.
Please leave a comment on this blog today and pledge your support to driving safely this year.