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Category Archives: Traffic Safety

IDOT Uses Zombie Video Series To Promote Safe Driving

What’s scarier than a bunch of flesh eating zombies trying to make a meal of you?

The Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s not wearing your seat belt.

Electric Traffic Signal Celebrates 100th Anniversary

An advertisement for an early two-color traffic signal.

An advertisement for an early two-color traffic signal.

Green means go. Red means stop.

That universal truth recognized by every motorist around the world celebrated its 100th birthday this week.

According to History.com, the very first traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio August 5th, 1914.

While African-American inventor Garrett Morgan is generally credited with inventing the modern three position traffic signal, it was a design patented by James Hoge which was first used by Cleveland 100 years ago.

Hoge’s design had just two lights–green and red–no yellow. Hoge’s invention consisted of a red and green lights mounted on poles at each corner of the intersection. The lights were wired to a booth, which allowed a police officer to control the flow of traffic from inside.

National Stop On Red Week Starts Sunday, But Not In Chicago

Stop.On_.Red_.Week_.Web_.Button.2014Red means stop.

That’s the main message for motorists to remember during National Stop on Red Week which kicks off Sunday, August 3rd and runs through Saturday, August 9th.

The annual event spends the first week in August every year reminding drivers of the importance of stopping at traffic lights when the light is red and the dangers in ignoring red lights.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over 8.700 people were killed in the last decade in intersection-related accidents and according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) red light running is one of the leading causes of urban crashes.

Evanston Alderman Proposes Licensing Bicycles

Share the Road License Plate

Misbehaving bicycle riders have raised the ire of one Evanston lawmaker.

According to Evanston Now
, Alderman Delores Holmes believes bike riders should have license tags similar to license plates motor vehicles must display.

She feels there’s no way to hold bikers responsible for breaking the law unless there is a way to identify and track them if they ride on a sidewalk or blow through a stop light or stop sign, for example.

Another alderman, an avid bike rider, says other bikers would be “outraged” at the idea and he plans on opposing Holmes’ proposal.

Chicago Alderman Leslie Hairston floated a similar idea for a bike tax several months ago, but was shot down by an outpouring loud detractors.

Read the full story from Evanston Now, “Alderman wants mandatory licensing for bikes.”

Thanks to Mo Torrist for the tip on the story.

Residents Angered By Bike Lane Proposal For Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Avenue bike lanes graphic

A graphic shows one proposal which would dramatically reduce the number of parking spaces along Milwaukee Avenue. Photo credit: Heather Cherone/DNA Info.

Residents of Jefferson Park and Gladstone Park do not want protected bike lanes in their neighborhood.

Several hundred angry residents showed up at a meeting on Wednesday to hear a presentation that includes two plans which would reduce traffic on a two-mile stretch of Milwaukee Avenue between Elston and Lawrence from four lanes to just two and add protected bike lanes according to DNA Info.

“Nobody wants this,” said one vocal resident. “It is being rammed down our throats.”

“We hate it,” said another.

Drivers Face Heightened Enforcement For 4th of July Holiday

american-flag-2aDrive safely this weekend motorists–law enforcement will be out in force this 4th of July holiday weekend.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police announced heightened enforcement through Sunday, July 6th with over 320 local law enforcement agencies joining state troopers in targeting drunk drivers and those not wearing seatbelts.

“The upcoming Fourth of July holiday means law enforcement statewide will be out on the roads enforcing laws to avoid tragic outcomes. To boost safety around the holiday weekend, the Illinois State Police enforcement efforts will focus on the Fatal Four – Speeding, Seatbelts, Distracted Driving and DUI,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.

Truck Driver Takes Illinois State Trooper To Task For Unsafe Driving

A truck driver recently captured video of getting pulled over by an Illinois State Trooper for honking his horn at the law enforcement officer.

The truck driver takes the trooper to task explaining he honked because the trooper was speeding on a wet road while talking on a cell phone up to his ear.

The trooper, his feelings hurt, says he’s going to ticket him for “improper use of a horn.”

Illinois Traffic Fatalities Down Due To 70 MPH Speed Limit?

70 MPH signThe good news is traffic fatalities on Illinois roads are down according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In fact, there have been only 341 fatalities so far this year compared to this time last year–74 less.

The first half of this year is coincidentally the first six months the speed limit has been raised in some places from 65 to 70 mph.

A reporter for Springfield’s NPR radio station WUIS tries to link these two facts, implying the higher speed limit is helping reduce fatalities. Critics of the higher speed limit claimed it would increase traffic deaths.

Law Enforcement Gears Up For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Click It or TicketIllinois motorists planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend are being urged to buckle up or risk being ticketed in a surge in seat belt enforcement.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, State Troopers, along with local law enforcement units across the state will be operating hundreds of seat belt enforcement zones and other enforcement patrols looking for seat belt law violators and drunk drivers.

This enforcement push is part of a Click It or Ticket campaign that began May 9th and goes through Memorial Day this Monday.

IDOT Secretary Schneider “‘On The Move’ Recaps Winter Driving

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider recaps one of the most driving challenged winters in Illinois history and thanks motorists for their patience with IDOT’s snow removal crews.