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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK
BY Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp, Vole 3, Nr. 9
TRAFFIC INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY -- CHRISTIAN COUNTY.
This report from the Illinois Department of Transportation supplies Motor Vehicle Crash data in Christian County for the years 2006 through 2011. During that time, there were a total of 4244 crashes in the County involving 6456 vehicles. Of these 934 were injury crashes involving 1,302 injuries.
Some interesting data about these events:
83% of all crashes occurred in clear weather conditions.
Almost 1/3, 34% happened on county and local rural roadways.
The roadway was dry during 74% of the crashes.
34% of crashes occurred between 3pm and 7 pm.
Animals were the most common contributory factor in crashes with 22% of the total.
Animal related was the most common type of collision with 21% of the crashes overall.
20% of the crashes were deer-related in Christian County between 2007 and 2012.
17% of total crashes occurred on a Friday.
Over half, 55%, of the crashes occurred in daylight
28% of the crashes were speed related.
There were 16 work-zone related crashes between 2007 and 2012.
Most surprising of these data – 71% of crashes occurred on roadways with no traffic controls.
Some additional data from 2007 to 2012:
6163 drivers were involved in crashes in Christian County.
84% of driver conditions in crashes were normal (not under the influence any substance or illness.)
Impaired drivers (drugs or alcohol) and drivers that had been drinking were 4% of total drivers.
21% of drivers involved in crashes were between 20 and 29 years old.
2333 passengers were involved in crashes
23% of passengers in crashes were 15 to 19 years old.
Illinois fatalities for the last 30 years have been declining. After 17 consecutive years with our fatalities above 2,000 per year, they started falling in 1980 and never reached 2,000 again. In fact, the last 3 years of data, 2009, 2010, and 2011, saw the total deaths below 1,000 each year. That was a rare event. The last time the state had such totals was in 1920 and 1921.
CHRISTIAN COUNTY FATAL CRASHES
Christian County Fatal Crashes totaled 37 from 2007 to 2012. They accounted for a total of 44 deaths, 29 of which were drivers. Once again, a large majority, 84% of fatal crashes, occurred in clear weather conditions.
The roadways were dry during 81% of fatal crashes.
The most common factor was improper lane usage, occurring in 22% of the total.
The most common type of collision, 20%, involved a fixed object.
49% of fatal crashes occurred on county and local rural roadways. 24% of these occurred on a Saturday.
Almost 1 fatal crash in 4 (24%) occurred between 5 pm and 9 pm and between 1 am and 5 am. 57% of them occurred in daylight.
About 2 out of 3 of the driver’s conditions in fatal crashes were normal (not under the influence of any substance or illness.)
But 1 in 3 of these drivers had been drinking or was alcohol/drug impaired.
70% of those killed in fatal crashes were male.
Safety belts were NOT used in 48% of fatalities.
There were 3 fatal work-zone crashes.
Unfortunately, we are beginning to hear that the good trends where crashes and deaths have been declining may be beginning to move upward again.
Teens and young adults play a major role in these figures. Inexperience is a major factor in teen driving fatalities. Research by the AAA indicates it can take up to five years before the average driver feels comfortable behind the wheel. And unfortunately, texting and other distractions are especially common and dangerous during that time. Parents can, and should, play a large role in improving teen driving safety. Experts urge parents to be involved by asking teens questions about their driving and passengers. They advise parents to talk to their kids about driving safety. One recommendation which has proven effective has the parent’s write-up a driving safety contract which the child and the parents sign. Also, if the teen’s driving abilities are really bad; parents can cancel a teen's driver's license at any time. All it takes is a letter to the secretary of state’s office.
HARVEST TIME – A DANGEROUS TIME FOR THE FARMING COMMUNITY
Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. In fact it ranks 4th in the list of the 10 most dangerous work categories. Work related injuries cause the deaths of about 450 farmers and farm workers per year—a fatality rate of 26.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.
Vehicle operation in rural areas is often a danger. The simple act of passing a farm vehicle is dangerous if the car attempting the pass doesn’t carefully check to insure no vehicles are approaching in the passing lane.
The farm crops not yet harvested add to the dangers since they can obscure the visibility of traffic on the roads. Many rural intersections do not have stop signs, so vehicles approaching an intersection are often in danger. The resulting crashes often lead to fatalities.
I want to remind all motorists to use extreme caution when approaching all rural intersections, especially those with obstructed views. Please be sure to come to a complete stop before proceeding through them.
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