Illinois Traffic Fatalities Up, State Police Strive to Reduce Numbers

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Illinois State Police are looking to reduce the amount of traffic fatalities statewide.

There have been 289 traffic fatalities in 2016. During the same period in 2015, there were 231. The increase of 58 is adding an increased focus on police to stop them.

“Our community is seeing an increase, as well”, said Lieutenant Carl Heintz of the Illinois State Police, District 16. “Year to date in 2015, our four-county district had eight fatal crashes resulting in nine deaths. This year we have had 17 fatal crashes resulting in 21 deaths. That’s an increase of 133%.”

Speed, impairment, and failure to use safety restraints are the most common causes of fatal traffic incidents.

A 2014 survey showed of the 15 traffic deaths that year in Jo Daviess and Winnebago Counties, 15 were occupants of passenger vehicles and seven of those were reported to be unrestrained. Of the remaining six killed, four were pedestrians and two were motorcyclists.

Troopers are reminding drivers to drive sober, buckle up, adhere to speed limits and eliminate distractions.

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