As we write this, the weather forecast for Edwardsville is that the temperature will get up to 73 degrees tomorrow, while the high for tomorrow is projected to be a mere 38. As long-time residents understand, it's not unusual for our weather to swing from one extreme to another -- sometimes in the course of a single day.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about distracted driving. This is a major problem in our society nowadays, as cell phones have completely absorbed our attentions and our mental space. We use them in awkward situations, such as in the middle of intimate conversations. We use them while we walk our dogs and while we perform once uninterrupted activities. And, of course, we use them in far more dangerous situations, such as while we drive or operate heavy machinery.
From 1963 to 1991, there were at least 40,000 deaths in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States. In 1992, we dipped below 40,000 deaths for the first time in decades. It immediately went back above 40,000 in 1993 and never dropped below that number again until 2008.
If you like to text, speed and mess with your car's infotainment system when you drive, you are engaging in practices that make you a reckless driver. Keep in mind those are a few of the many types of distractions motorists in Illinois and Missouri use when they operate their vehicles. Distractions are the cause of many car accident fatalities.
There are some things in life that we have to deal with, even though we are in no mood to do so, or we may just not want to. The aftermath of a car accident is one of these situations. Once a car has collided with you or you have collided with another vehicle, one of the last things you will want to do is get out of the car and discuss it with the other people involved.
A lot, actually.
Think about all the things that already distract Illinois drivers: texting, music, other passengers, GPS adjustments and other items in the car. What if the next problem becomes shopping while driving?
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means more drivers will be on the road returning from family holidays and heading to the nearest Target for a doorbuster deal on a new TV.
At the start of this year, Illinois enacted nearly 200 new laws, impacting everything from contraception to community college. In case you missed it, here are four changes to Illinois driving laws that you should know about:
While many car accidents occur between two drivers, there is another danger that rural drivers know all too well: deer collisions. And drivers need to be even more cautious of deer during the fall months.