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