While deaths on roads nationwide have decreased over the past several years, the overall number of victims who are injured or killed in car accidents still remains too high to simply ignore. Any Chicago personal injury attorney will be able to notice that there remains much room for improvements. That is why local law enforcement officials continue to use different techniques to make our roadways safer and more secure. Similarly, state lawmakers address the problem of road safety by enacting new laws which address growing issues, like distracted driving bans and construction zone requirements. Yet, obviously those requirements have no effect if motorists do not abide by them.
Raising awareness of enforcement of traffic laws is the goal of an annual Chicagoland road safety initiative involved 15 area law enforcement agencies. The Naperville Sun reported last week on the road safety project which involved a 65 mile stretch of Route 59 on May 9th. The location and timing of the project was widely publicized in the hope that motorists would get the message, alter their conduct, and ultimately make the roadway safer for travelers. However, even with the stepped up publicity, a record number of drivers were issued tickets in the effort for violating a variety of traffic laws.
For example, in Naperville alone, over 182 tickets were issued to drivers and passengers. 93 of the Naperville tickets were issued for seat-belt violations, 47 for speeding, 15 for no insurance, 4 to unlicensed drivers, and the remainder for a variety of other issues.
When the other 14 participating agencies add their citation figures, it is likely that the total will be higher than the 548 citations issued in the 2009 enforcement effort.
Bu the “record” is not exactly a satisfying achievement for those involved. A local law enforcement official explained his concern, noting that “we’d actually like for the totals to have been lower. We were hoping people would pay more attention than this.”
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti will continue to join the call of those who urge all drivers to abide by traffic rules and regulations. The consequences of doing otherwise are simply too high. Far too many victims have had their lives forever changed because their fellow drivers did not abide by traffic laws that sought to ensure safe travel.
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