Highway safety is always in fashion, and if you need proof, just look at the smashed-up police car at the State Police booth at the Illinois State Fair. The car, rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in the Peoria area in 2006, is now on a trailer as a reminder of what can happen when you are not careful. The trooper in the car survived his injuries and is back in action.
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The display was part of an event the police, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and trucking professionals put on to remind you that if you can't see the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you. Aaron Tennant, who runs a Colona-based trucking firm, says, “Our image has deteriorated since the ‘Knights of the Highway,’” noting the 1970s song “Convoy” and film Smokey and the Bandit. “But there's a great initiative … to get the message out that these are good people.” They're people, Tennant says, who work under tough safety regulations and who are professionals trying to do a job.