Memorial Day Weekend – Statistics On Illinois Traffic Safety

By many accounts, Memorial Day weekend is one of heavy traffic and increased traffic hazards on the roadways.

According to a May 24 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops to turn up heat for Memorial Day” :

Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced the enforcement strategy Wednesday, saying they will have more patrols, increased seat-belt enforcement and drunken-driving checkpoints through the Chicago area. Many suburban police departments plan similar crackdowns.

Various statistics indicate why Memorial Day Weekend should be of concern to motorists and law enforcement. As seen in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) report titled “Illinois Crashes During Holidays 2004-2010,” (pdf) accidents and “alcohol related” crashes are particularly heavy during the Memorial Day Holiday period, which is defined in the report as spanning from 6:00 p.m. the Friday before Memorial Day through 11:59 p.m. on Memorial Day.

Also of concern to drivers is some data provided by the National Coalition For Safer Roads (NCSR) in their “Safer Roads Report 2012” which for Illinois says that Red Light Violations (as measured by traffic cameras) during the Memorial Day traffic period is the highest among all the holiday traffic periods by a significant margin.


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