A Traffic Safety Summit: Partnering for Zero Fatalities

The Illinois Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Public Health will deliver the 1st annual Traffic Safety Summit to convene traffic safety stakeholders from public and private industries to learn about Toward Zero Deaths. The 2018 Summit focus is to collaborate and identify an effective set of strategies to address distracted driving.

Distracted driving is considered any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, etc. Distracted driving is a behavioral issue that includes all demographics and unlike roadway geometrics it will be very difficult to engineer a solution. It is universally accepted as a serious safety issue, particularly when driving a motor vehicle. However, data is very limited on precisely how much it is contributing to serious injuries and fatalities. According to NHTSA, in 2016, 3,450 people were killed due to distracted driving nationally, and in 2015, 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. There is a strong feeling that these numbers under-represent the actual contribution. Through open communication and the Traffic Safety Summit, we can begin to cohesively address this issue and reduce traffic deaths on Illinois roadways.

Event Details

Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 8:15 a.m.
Location: Crowne Plaza, Springfiel, Illinois

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