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.
 
WRONG-WAY CRASHES, 2011-12
 
Road
Location
Result
Ill. 394
Ford Heights
1 dead
I-88
Lisle
3 dead
I-94
Glencoe
DUI arrest, no crash
I-55
Chicago
2 injured
I-80
Hazel Crest
4 dead
I-94 (Bishop Ford)
Chicago
2 dead
I-39
LaSalle
1 dead, 4 injured
U.S. 12
Volo
Unknown
I-90-94 (Kennedy)
Chicago
2 injured
I-55
McLean
1 dead
 
SOURCE: News reports