Drunk driving as well as driving while impaired on drugs continues to be a problematical issue with regard to safe travel in Will County as well as Illinois in general.
On this site, Will County vehicle crashes that have involved DUI are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category. As seen in these accidents, serious injuries as well as fatal injuries have resulted from these crashes. These crashes have included “wrong-way driver” accidents, “chain reaction” crashes, and vehicle rollovers.
The November 6, 2016 Joliet Patch article (“Will County Prosecutor Honored by Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists“) discusses various aspects of a Will County assistant state’s attorney in the prosecution of drunken driving cases.
An excerpt from the article, regarding one case:
Most notably, she led the prosecution team that secured a conviction and a 9-1/2 year prison term for Cecil Conner, a drunken driver who caused a one-car wreck that killed a 5-year-old boy in May 2010 in south suburban Steger. Michael Langford Jr., the son of Conner’s girlfriend, had been sleeping in the backseat when the car crossed the center line, drove across several lawns, ripped down a fence and collided with a pine tree at between 66-73 mph. Conner’s blood-alcohol level tested at .180.
That case is further discussed in the January 21, 2012 Chicago Tribune article titled “Steger man gets 9.5 years for fatal DUI.”
In the October 25, 2016 Joliet Patch article titled “57,544 Miles of Bad Road: See Where Illinois’ Roads Rank Against the Rest of the Country,” the subject of Illinois roads in poor condition is discussed.
An excerpt from the article:
Illinois has the 25th worst roads in the country with 18.8 percent of its 306,806-mile road system in poor condition.
Illinois’ road system in the third largest in the country, 24/7 Wall Street said.
While roads in poor condition don’t necessarily lead to accidents, there are a variety of roadway conditions that can lead to accidents. For instance, tire blowouts (further discussed on the “Tire Blowouts As An Accident Cause” page) as well as other loss of control accidents can happen if a large pothole or other roadway deformity is hit by a vehicle. As well, deteriorating roadways can lead to other problems, such as gravel and other roadway debris being present on the roadway. While such debris isn’t necessarily a large potential threat to most vehicle drivers, gravel can be potentially problematical for some roadway users, such as motorcyclists.
Road hazards caused by various factors, including poorly maintained roads, are further discussed on the “Will County Road Hazards” page.
On November 3, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Oh, Deer: Potential Encounters to Rise in Coming Weeks.” (pdf) The release speaks of deer-vehicle collisions in Illinois and features a variety of statistics.
Notable excerpts include:
Approximately 40 to 45 percent of crashes in Illinois involving deer in 2015 occurred in October, November, and December – with November being the highest-risk month. Almost 80 percent happened in rural environments, with nearly 75 percent of all crashes taking place at twilight or nighttime.
Last year, there were 15,754 vehicle-deer crashes in Illinois, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2014. There were 15,206 crashes that resulted in damage to property or vehicles, up from the 14,854 in 2014. Injuries resulting from such crashes tallied 628 in 2015 versus 505 in 2014. The number of fatalities doubled, from four in 2014 to eight in 2015.
Also included in the news release were a listing of the Illinois counties in which the most deer-vehicle collisions occurred. Will County was the county in which third most collisions occurred, with 408.
Tips for avoiding deer collisions, as well as what to do if your vehicle strikes a deer, are also provided in the release. On this site, another post which discusses collisions with deer – as well as tips for avoiding them – are seen in the October 21, 2016 post titled “Collisions With Deer And Tips On How To Avoid Them