News

Highway Deaths Down Again in Illinois

Highway Deaths Down Again in Illinois

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Downtown Taylorville Building Partially Collapses

Fresh
siren

A downtown Taylorville business is closed after part of its building collapsed over the weekend.

in Local

Cameras Could Appear in Sangamon County Courtrooms

Fresh
gavel2

Half a dozen central Illinois counties could soon join a pilot project that allows cameras in court.

in Local

U of I Research: Stem Cells Could Repair Exercised Muscles

Fresh
microscope_science

Stem cell research could lead to repairs to muscles damaged by vigorous exercise.

in Election 2014, Local

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage Salary

pat-quinn

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure.

in Local

Belleville Man Drowns in Pond

Updated
medical

St. Clair County police say a man has drowned in a pond following what appears to be a wheelchair or scooter accident.