September 20, 2009 --
There's been little publicity about some great traffic safety news in Illinois. In the past five years, traffic deaths in the state have plunged more than 28 percent--from 1,454 in 2003 to 1,042 last year. A big part of that decrease came in the past year. 1,248 people died in Illinois vehicle crashes in 2007; last year's fall to 1,042 was a 17 percent drop in just one year.
What's causing the big drop in the highway carnage? How can we keep this trend going? What are the worst mistakes drivers made? What are the best safety tips they can follow?
We'll ask Michael Stout, director of the Division of Traffic Safety for IDOT, the Illinois Department of Transportation.