The Illinois Department of Transportation is examining a spate of wrong-way crashes. Illinois has had at least 10 incidents of wrong-way driving over the last two years, producing a dozen deaths. IDOT is studying highway design to see if there are any changes that would help, says Secretary Ann Schneider.
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“Alcohol does play an important part in many of those crashes, so we understand that as well and are trying to step up our efforts with DUI, but really I think we could also make some improvements, and we’re working on those right now,” she said. Among the possibilities are bigger do-not-enter signs and arrows painted on the pavement indicating the correct direction of travel. SIU Edwardsville is doing the study for IDOT and is nearing a final report. The Illinois Center for Transportation at the University of Illinois says wrong-way driving is responsible for 27 percent of highways deaths in the state.