Since June 2012, electronic message signs over Illinois highways have been noting the number of traffic fatalities. Although depressing, these signs have continued to spur helpful discussions, which contributes to the “Vision Zero” goal Illinois adopted in 2012.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation data, in 2014 at least 924 people died in vehicle-related crashes across the state. That number is down from 991 in 2013. The data includes fatalities in the vehicle, vehicle-pedestrian and vehicle-cyclist collisions.

Although a statewide tally for all crashes, both fatal and non-fatal, for 2014 were not available, in 2013 the number of wrecks in the state increased by 4%. Last year’s decrease was significant compared to over a decade ago when the state exceeded 1,500 crash-related fatalities a year.

Carson Quinn, spokesman for the IDOT, stated in an email that, “fatalities were down in the early part of the year, due to the exceptionally harsh winter and reduction in travel. Another factor is safer vehicles being made. We are also designing, building, and maintaining our roads better than ever before.”

Quinn also pointed to the state’s hands-free law, which went into effect last January and bans the use of hand-held devices while driving in Illinois. The state’s “Driving Dead” safety awareness campaign as well as other factors has encouraged motorists to practice safer driving habits.

As of January 14, 2015, 22 people have died in vehicle crashes around the state so far this year according to IDOT.

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