Illinois Traffic Deaths Have Increased in 2016
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Data collected by safety and insurance industry experts reveal an increase in
traffic fatalities in Illinois for the first part of this year. An estimated 1,000 traffic
deaths are expected by the end of the year, which are directly related
to higher speed limits, more miles driven and an increase in younger drivers
on the Illinois roadways. Safety and insurance industry experts say they
haven’t seen these numbers since 2008. A report by the State Journal-Register
states 629 people have died in Illinois from motor vehicle crashes, as
well as pedestrian and bicycle accidents in 2016, as of Friday. The number
has increased by 50 deaths from the same period of 2015.
Last year, 998 traffic fatalities occurred in Illinois, and experts expect
2016 numbers to exceed 1,000. In 2008, Illinois experienced an all-time
high of traffic fatalities, reaching 1,043 deaths. The increase of traffic
deaths has been on Illinois’ rural interstates, according to a statistics
manager for the Itasca-based National Safety Council. At the beginning
of 2014, Illinois raised speed limits on these rural interstates from
65 mph to 70 mph. Many experts directly link the increase to these speed limits.
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