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What Is Scott’s Law – aka The Illinois “Move Over” Law?

Scott’s Law is an Illinois law that is also known as the “Move Over” law. It dictates the lawful operation with regard to passing a stopped emergency vehicle. It is a regulation aimed at increasing traffic safety and avoiding accidents. Scott’s Law is discussed on the Illinois State Police page titled “Scott’s Law” (pdf) subtitled …

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Roadways Prone To Accidents Within The Chicago Area

Roadways prone to accidents can occur for many reasons. Among these reasons are overly complicated roadway designs; too much traffic for a given roadway; a lack of suitable traffic control devices; and too little traffic safety enforcement. As well, in addition to these factors, accidents with injuries are more prone to happen if vehicles are …

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Adverse Driving Conditions Forecast For Will County

An oncoming winter storm is expected to create adverse driving conditions throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Wind, snow, ice, and dropping temperatures are forecast. Given these anticipated adverse driving conditions, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a January 18, 2019 media release titled “Snow, plummeting temps, strong winds, bring challenging travel conditions this weekend.” …

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Driving In Snow Safely During The Chicago Winter Season

Driving in snow often requires caution in order to avoid getting into an accident.  As seen in many accidents, snow and icy conditions can lead to “slide-offs,” spinouts, “rear-end” accidents, and for trucks, jackknifing.  These accidents can be particularly hard to avoid if there is “black ice,” which can be very difficult to see and …

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Drunk Driving Crashes And Efforts Made To Reduce Their Frequency

Drunk driving crashes  as well as accidents involving drivers who are impaired by drug use continue to be a traffic safety problem in Will County as well as throughout Illinois. On this site, Will County drunk driving crashes are discussed in posts found under the “DUI” category.  As seen in the various accidents discussed in these posts, these crashes …

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Road Hazards And The Threat To Traffic Safety In Illinois And Will County

The threat to safe driving presented by road hazards is discussed on the “Will County Road Hazards” page.  As seen on that page, road hazards can take many forms.  Among the most dangerous road hazards are those objects that hit vehicles as they drive down the expressway or other roadway.  These objects can include tires …

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New Illinois Distracted Driving Law Effective July 2019

Distracted driving continues to be a major traffic safety issue nationally, as well as in Will County as well as throughout Illinois.  There are many possible actions that can lead to a driver being distracted to the point where the driver is susceptible to a loss of vehicle control.   Two of the most problematical actions …

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Road Hazard Presented By Pavement Buckling In Frankfort

Road hazards have been often discussed on this site, as such road hazards can suddenly present a dangerous situation to motorists and other road users such as motorcyclists.  Road hazards can take many forms, including items that are sitting on the roadway or items that fall off of other vehicles.  These hazards are often unexpected …

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Reasons For High Level Of Motor-Vehicle Deaths In The U.S.

Motor-vehicle deaths and the national trends is discussed in the February 16, 2018 Wall Street Journal article titled “U.S. Road-Death Rates Remain Near 10-Year High.”   The article discusses trends in fatal vehicle accidents, as well as technologies that are utilized to improve driving safety. Notable excerpts include: U.S. motor-vehicle deaths remained near decade-high levels in …

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