As winter gears up, driving becomes more treacherous. To ease the transition into the icy season, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police have launched a safe-driving campaign called "Ice and Snow - Take It Slow."
The haunted houses and scary costumes are not the only things frightening about Halloween. For pedestrians, the night of October 31st is the deadliest of the year, according to AAA.
The recent death of a Springfield, Illinois pedestrian after a traffic accident is an important reminder about the dangers of pedestrian injuries. Although the exact cause of death remains under investigation, the 53-year-old pedestrian was struck by an SUV last week on Peoria Road. A witness said the SUV didn't stop after hitting the man. The victim was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. Sadly, this death is part of a nationwide increase in pedestrian accidents. In the last ten years, pedestrian fatalities have risen by 14 percent.
In an effort to increase public awareness about safety, the National Safety Council (NSC) designates each June as National Safety Month. Each week focuses on a different safety theme. This year, week five is devoted to highlighting the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel.
After two fatal bus accidents this spring involving commercial tour buses, lawmakers and regulators are taking action to improve the safety of buses.