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Village officials in west suburban Western Springs say crashes are down at two intersections where red light cameras were installed back in 2009 according to The Doings newspaper.
Crashes dropped at the intersection of Ogden and Wolf Road from an average of 23 in the three years before 2009, to 11 per year since May 2009.
At the village’s other RLC located at 55th and Wolf Road, crashes dropped from seven before the cameras to four in 2009 and just one in 2010, after cameras were installed.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has not released 2011 crash data.
One thing the story and village officials ignored in their analysis is that IDOT changed the way crashes are documented back in 2009–the year the cameras were installed in Western Springs.
Renowned Physicist To Give Talk “Why Drivers Run Red Lights”
Sure, even if it’s been a few years since you cracked a book for your last physics class, you’re still invited.
We absolutely promise, you won’t need a slide rule or a calculator to attend a special lecture on traffic safety with physicist and traffic safety expert Brian Ceccarelli next Monday, June 18th at 7 PM.
“Why Drivers Run Red Lights,” is the title of Ceccarelli’s talk, co-sponsored by The Expired Meter and the Red Light Camera Doctor, where Ceccarelli will use his physics background to explain his theories on why the current methods of determining yellow light timing intervals may be causing unnecessary traffic accidents.
“I’m going to make a little physicist out of everyone in about 15 minutes,” chuckled Ceccarelli when asked if people would need an advanced degree in mathematics, science or engineering to attend his lecture.
That’s what the Illinois Department of Transportation and local motorcycle rider groups are asking car drivers to do. As the weather gets warmer and more motorcycles are on the road, drivers of four wheeled vehicles need to be more attentive of the two wheeled types.
The state launched their “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign this week in conjunction with Motorcycle Awareness Month in attempt to promote the idea of improving traffic safety for both motorcycles and cars.
Most drivers know texting while operating a motor vehicle is dangerous.
Despite the risk, some drivers still do it anyways.
In order to demonstrate how dangerous the practice is, Responsible Young Drivers, a Belgian non-profit punked a bunch of young drivers looking to qualify for their first driver’s license.
Tuesday, April 17th is tax day and beyond the obvious stress of having to file your 1040 forms today, it’s also a very dangerous day to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
According to Canadian researchers who published research in the Journal of American Medical Association last week, the likelihood of being killed in a car crash on tax day is slightly higher than other days in April.
After 15 years of dramatically declining deaths of teen drivers, preliminary numbers in a just released report for the first half of 2011 seem to indicate a mild reversal of that trend nationally but a startling jump in teen driver fatalities in Illinois.
The Governors Highway Safety Association is reporting traffic deaths for 16 and 17 year-old drivers have risen 11%, jumping from 211 for the first six months of 2011 compared to 190 for the same period in 2010.
“If this trend continued in the second half of 2011, it will mark a reversal of longstanding yearly declines in teen driver deaths, especially among 16-year-olds,” states the GHSA report.