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Chicagoland Traffic Safety Initiative Set to Break Record for Total Citations

Local law enforcement officials are always considering different ways to make our roadways safer. While deaths on highways and byways have decreased in the long-term, the total number of victims from these Chicago car accidents is far too high to ignore. State lawmakers often try to tackle the problem by passing new regulations which address various aspects of road safety, from seat-belt laws to distracted driving bans. However, those laws do not have the desired effect unless motorists are held accountable when they fail to follow the law.

That is at the root of an annual initiative conducting by over a dozen law enforcement agencies targeting road safety. The Naperville Sun reported on the cooperative road safety effort that took place on May 9th along a 65 mile stretch of Illinois Route 59. The effort was widely publicized in the hope that motorists would pay attention and understand their conduct behind the wheel would face particularly close scrutiny in that area on that day. However, despite the publicity, it seems that this year’s enforcement totals will set a new record for the project.

The Naperville police department alone issued 182 tickets -when other agency totals are added that figure may triple. Those totals are likely to surpass the 548 citations issued in the 2009 enforcement effort.

In total, 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. One local law enforcement official explained that he was surprised by the total: “We’d actually like for the totals to have been lower. We were hoping people would pay more attention than this.”

Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti echo the urging for all drivers to abide by all area traffic rules and regulations. We have worked with many families and victims whose lives were forever changed because their fellow drivers failed to abide by laws that sought to ensure safe travel. Do not become one of those statistics.

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