On December 17, 2016 the State Journal-Register published an article titled “Speeding ticket numbers down, fatalities up on Illinois roads.” The article discusses trends in Illinois traffic fatalities, the number of speeding tickets being issued by the Illinois State Police (ISP), and what factors may be causing the increase in Illinois fatal traffic accidents.
An excerpt from the article:
Over the past five years, the number of Illinois State Police troopers on patrol and the number of speeding citations they’ve issued statewide have gone down significantly. Troopers issued 211,857 speeding tickets in 2010, and last year, 126,959 tickets were issued, a decline of 40 percent.
The article also discusses various factors that are leading to the increase in Illinois traffic fatalities, which have already surpassed 1000 for the year.
One of the factors mentioned is distracted driving. An excerpt:
Matt Wells, associate director of the Midwest Trucking Association, 2727 Dirksen Parkway, said a lot of the commercial drivers he talks to still see people using their cellphones while driving.
“When we are talking to the drivers who are out on the road today, we are still seeing a lot of people operating their cars distracted,” Wells said. “They are either texting, perusing Facebook or not paying attention to the roadway via hand-held mobile devices or even watching videos in the driver’s seat on a tablet.”
Additional details can be seen in the sj-r.com article mentioned above.