The state of Illinois is developing a plan to improve safety on the
state’s highways that could lead to changes in state policy, including
A group of public and private industry officials met March 7 after Gov.
Rod Blagojevich announced the effort to develop a Comprehensive
Highway Safety Plan, state officials said in a news release. The American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials encourages all states
to develop a such a plan to help reduce traffic fatalities, according to the
The goal of the plan is to bring the number of annual
traffic fatalities in the state down to 1,000. Figures provided by the state
show that 1,356 people died on the state’s highways in 2004, compared with
1,454 in 2003.
At the meeting, the participants identified several
factors affecting those figures, such as alcohol- and drug-impaired driving,
safety-belt use and work zone safety, among others.
The group also discussed factors that would be included in a
Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan, such as “the four E’s of highway safety:
Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Services.”
In addition to law-enforcement and state government
personnel, the safety plan meeting included representatives of AAA, a regional
trucking organization, the Illinois Association of County Engineers, the
Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Illinois Broadcasters
Association and the Illinois Municipal League.
The group is scheduled to meet again later this month in the state
capital of Springfield, IL, although a date has not yet been announced. State
officials indicated that they expect the plan to be approved and implemented
yet this year.