The rise in fatal car crashes is starting to get official attention. Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says he will convene a safety summit later this year to try to find ways to address the growing problem.
Ask anyone in our region and they will be happy that spring weather has finally arrived. Temperatures in the mid 50’s in the morning and mid 60’s in the evening hours are ideal conditions for taking a walk, whether it is to venture to a favorite café or to catch a baseball game.
There are plenty of Illinois and Missouri residents that could quote a seemingly-infinite number of Will Ferrell lines from his movies, TV shows, and other media appearances with ease. Those fans, though, were likely holding their breath earlier today when news reports scorched across social media that Ferrell was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles.
A fatal chain reaction crash in St. Louis left one person dead and three injured, as the police try to figure out exactly what happened in the unfortunate incident. The crash occurred last week when a vehicle headed westbound on Reavis Barracks rear-ended a second vehicle. That second vehicle was pushed into oncoming traffic, leading to it getting struck by a third vehicle.
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.