News

Distracted Driving Could Be Emblematic of Society

Distracted Driving Could Be Emblematic of Society

Photo: Associated Press

Cars are safer, roads are safer, drivers are stoopider.

Sounds harsh, but we’re hearing plenty about “distracted driving,” coinciding with the popularity of smartphones. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s state safety engineer, Priscilla Tobias, says this could be an effect of society as much as it is technology.

“I see that today, compared to maybe twenty years ago, kids are in a lot of activities. People are a lot busier in their day-to-day life than they ever were,” she says. “I find myself, I start out the morning somewhat distracted when I leave the house, because I’ve got a lot of things going on.”

Tobias says with the safety features in today’s vehicles, including some autonomous elements, the IDOT mantra of “Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality” could be within sight..

Tobias helped lead a “safety summit” IDOT held in Springfield Tuesday and Wednesday.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois Supremes Back “Home”

illinois supreme court

Illinois Supreme Court Building rehab completed

in Local

Veteran Walks for Others

eric peters

He doesn't carry physical scars from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the wounds are still there

in Local

Judge Threatens Jeff Parsons With Criminal Contempt

Jeff Parsons appears defiant as he walks out of federal court in Springfield July 10, 2014

A federal judge has threatened to hold former THR and Associates boss Jeff Parsons in criminal contempt of court if he doesn't provide the documents needed to proceed with his case.

in Local

Holiday Weekend Means Beefed-up Police Patrols

drunk_driving

Expect a big police presence this Labor Day weekend.

in Local

Tips Sought on Pizza Restaurant Robbery

police_tape

Police are looking for help figuring out who robbed Papa Murphy's late last week.