“Illinois State Police troopers will be stepping up patrols this weekend,” says Gianna Urgo, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation. “They will be looking out for the 'fatal four,' which (are) DUI, speeding, distracted driving, and seat belt compliance.”
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Urgo says cars and roads are being designed to be safer than ever. That, combined with the graduated driver's license, “hands-free” cell phone law, and other factors, make Illinois a relatively safe place to be. She says favorable weather and lower gas prices have put more people on the roads, leading to more crashes, though.
2015 stands to be the first year since 2008 traffic fatalities in the state reached 1,000.