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Illinois Traffic Safety Campaigns Target These Unsafe Driving Behaviors

drinking driving.jpgThe Illinois Department of Transportation's Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering is working closely with the Illinois State Police to reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe driving behaviors in the state. These efforts are centered around holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years when the number of incidents of unsafe driving, and the number of injuries and fatalities, typically rise.

Increased Patrols

Approximately 150 local and state police departments will increase patrols during holidays over the coming year. Primarily, the police will be patrolling for impaired driving violations, however, it is expected they will also cite drivers for other unsafe driving behaviors including failure to wear seat belts, talking/texting while driving, consuming food/drink while driving, failure to use turn signals, aggressive driving, etc.

These patrols will take place both during daylight and evening hours, and on city streets, country lanes, and open highways. As such, there will be a blanket of coverage that extends from rural communities to urban centers. 

Think Smart, Act Safe

Increased patrols mean that motorists will be at increased risk of receiving a citation if they violate the state's unsafe driving laws. Motorists can reduce the risk of receiving a citation if they pay attention to the law and follow some basic guidelines while driving.

    Drinking and Driving. Impaired people should call a taxi, call a friend, or take a bus. As of October 2017, 811 people have died in Illinois auto accidents this year. Many of these accidents involved alcohol-impaired driving.

    Following the Signs. Motorists should obey posted signs including school zones, work zones, etc.

    Texting and Driving. It is against the law throughout the state and can result in a fine of $75 for a first offense.

    Obeying Speed Limits. Speeding is a leading cause of automobile accidents and is easily avoided simply by obeying posted speed limits.

    Cooling Off. Aggressive driving is an increasingly common problem across America. The best way to avoid it is to avoid tailgating, aggressively overtaking other vehicles, failing to signal, etc. Drivers who encounter other motorists acting aggressively should do their best to steer clear of the situation and avoid a confrontation.

An auto accident lawyer in Illinois can help drivers who have been injured by dangerous driving behaviors. Individuals can pursue claims for property damage, personal injuries, and the impact the accident has had on their finances, quality of life, and potential earnings.


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