We have all seen THAT driver on the road - the one who swerves out of the lane, drives erratically or stops suddenly to narrowly avoid disaster. Some of us have probably sworn at that driver. And we may not like to admit it, but many of us have also been that driver at some point. As construction season begins in Illinois, so does an increase in work zone accidents caused by speeding and inattention.
April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In celebration, a recent article in the Huffington Post reviewed the efforts that have been made of late to reduce the risk of accidents resulting from distracted driving. The piece takes a novel look at the problem by applying something called the Social Norms Approach.
Roadways in Illinois hold all kinds of dangers, from distracted drivers to disabled vehicles, which can put motorists at risk for a crash. Recently, a van that stalled in a center lane on Interstate 290 in the Chicago area was involved in an auto accident that left two women dead. In addition, two others suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police stated that no charges were filed in the aftermath of the collision.
Federal and state laws limiting cellphone use for safety reasons have been increasing throughout the country. Illinois recently passed legislation putting more restrictions on cellphone use on Illinois highways, with the intent of preventing a car accident from happening due to driver distractions. While it is already illegal to use a cellphone in a school zone or to text while driving, the new laws expand the list of prohibited acts. Some laws go into effect immediately, while others take effect on Jan. 1, 2013.