Increase In Fatal Traffic And Motorcycle-Related Accidents Year-To-Date In Illinois

The Chicago Sun-Times of July 26 has an article titled “Illinois traffic crashes up 9 percent this year.” In the article, it discusses a variety of statistics and reasons for the increase.

Of particular note is the increase in motorcycle-related fatalities.  Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider is quoted as saying that there has been a 70 percent increase in these fatal accidents.

An excerpt from the Sun-Times article:

As of Wednesday, 533 people have been killed in vehicle and motorcycle crashes, as well as crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. That’s a 45-death increase from last year’s total through late July, when 488 deaths were recorded, figures show.

Among various topic discussed in the article are distracted driving, “wrong-way crashes” and the warmer weather year-to-date that has seemed to increase vehicle miles driven.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above as well as the July 26 CBS Chicago article titled “Report: Deadly Crashes Up 9 Percent In Illinois This Year.”

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