Statistics And Safety Tips Concerning Illinois Motorist Collisions With Deer

Today (November 26, 2013) the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued a news release titled “Illinois Vehicle Deer Crash Fatalities…” (pdf) concerning the fatal crashes, injuries and the number of motorists killed in collisions with deer in 2012. An excerpt: Motor vehicle crashes involving deer were responsible for four fatalities in …

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Child Passenger Safety Information

Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a press release titled “IDOT and Transportation Partners Launch National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois.” This press release discusses child passenger safety issues and cites various statistics. An excerpt: Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children through age 13. Based on national …

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The Costs To Further Reduce “Back-Over” Deaths

The subject of “back-over accidents” is discussed in the November 28 – December 4 Bloomberg Businessweek article titled “The Price of Preventing Back-Over Deaths” “Back-over accidents” are those that happen when a vehicle inadvertently hits, or runs over, an unseen person as the vehicle moves in reverse (i.e. “backs up”.) Often times, these accidents occur …

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New Backseat Passenger Seat Belt Law For Illinois

As of January 1, 2012, backseat passengers in Illinois must wear a seat belt or risk being pulled over and ticketed. The fine for non-compliance is a minimum of $25. According to a December 30 Chicago Tribune article on the new law, titled “Illinois Seat Belt Law Reminder“, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) …

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How Alcohol Consumption Impacts Driving Ability

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has a page titled “Understanding .08.” On this page, the “typical effects” and “Predictable Effects on Driving” are explained for a Blood Alcohol Concentrations of .02, .05, .08, .10, and .15. The page also states : The amount of alcohol required to become impaired differs according to how fast you …

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