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Highway Deaths Down Again in Illinois

Highway Deaths Down Again in Illinois

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Highway fatalities are declining in Illinois. At this time last year, there had been 478 deaths on Illinois roads. This year, there have been 399 – that’s 79 fewer, a 16 percent reduction.

Scott Kristiansen, the law enforcement liaison at the Illinois Department of Transportation, attributes the decline to a variety of factors, including seat belt use, maybe less drunk driving, and probably the law against playing with your phone while driving, new this year.

Fatalities have been under 1,000 since hitting a low of 911 in 2009, but on a slow climb since, to 991 last year.

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