In 2015, The Illinois house limited the number of cities that can have red-light cameras installed. While many cities no longer have them, Edwardsville is considered a “home-rule” community, meaning they can keep using red-light cameras to regulate traffic violations.
Imagine. It’s the middle of the night, and you’re sleeping in your bed. Suddenly there’s a loud crash, like a bomb or some other kind of explosion. You rush downstairs, only to find a car where your living room couch used to be. Instead of a wall, there’s just a gaping hole leading to your front yard.
Sometimes it might seem like you have a million things going on all at once. Between work, family and friends there is constant activity all around you. With the rise of technology, all of this activity is immediately accessible, too.
It is something Illinois drivers are likely very familiar with: The faint vibrations in their vehicle when the engine is running. Might this very common thing increase the chances of a driver feeling sleepy at the wheel? A recent study suggests that the answer may be yes.
Might fatalities be less common out on Illinois’ roads than in many other parts of the country? A recent report found the state to have one of the nation’s lower motor vehicle fatality rates.
On its website, our state’s law enforcement agency describes its mission this way: “The Illinois State Police will promote public safety to improve the quality of life in Illinois.” Part of that mission is to help motorists prepare for the unpleasant reality that they might one day be injured in a motor vehicle accident.
Though southern Illinois is not one of the areas in which autonomous vehicles are being tested, we certainly have our share of connected vehicles here. Connected vehicles are newer models with internet access and installed apps or devices that use the internet to connect for traffic or weather data. Of course, some connected vehicles also send data back to manufacturers about performance, accidents, problems, etc.
A southern Illinois radio station is reporting that yet another Tesla car that was being driven in Autopilot mode has crashed. This time, the Tesla slammed into a parked police car, WJBD of Salem says.
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.