The first six months of 2017 have seen an uptick in the number of Illinois traffic fatalities over the same period in 2016, all while the rate of traffic deaths has slightly decreased nationally. Experts say there are several reasons.
On Tuesday of this week, you may have noticed an increased Rockford Police presence in the areas of Charles Street from 9th Street to Parkside Drive and Broadway from 9th Street to Alpine Road. You may have even met the police up-close-and-personal.
As a state, we haven't reached the 1000-plus traffic death figure since 2008 (when 1043 people were killed on Illinois roads, 998 last year), but safety and insurance industry experts say we're on our way to topping that number this year.
I sometimes laugh a bit when someone complains about being caught in Rockford's rush hour. Not that it can't be a pain, but c'mon...you know that there are places so much worse, like Chicago and Milwaukee, both close enough that you could go see for yourself without having to go to New York, Houston, or the American grand-daddy of traffic jams, Los Angeles...