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Illinois highway deaths drop below 1,000 in 2009

Posted On Thu, December 31, 2009

Through the implementation of a number of accident prevention programs, Illinois saw its highway fatality rate drop below 1,000 in 2009 to rank it among the lowest in the nation to end the decade.

After recording 1,043 highway deaths in 2008, 2009 saw the number of fatalities on the road decrease by more than 100 in the last year of the decade to drop the lowest number in 88 years.

Among the reasons given for the decline was the success of numerous programs implemented by Governor Pat Quinn including Operation Save 100 and Operation Teen Safe Driving that attempted to teach safe driving skills while reducing the number of deaths in 2009.

"Throughout the year, the Illinois State Police has partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies to implement safety programs that target crashes on our roadways," said Illinois State Police Director Jonathon E. Monken.

Along with the continuation of the programs in 2010, Quinn is also implementing new laws limiting the use of cell phones while behind the wheel in an attempt to curb deaths further.

Despite the drop in overall deaths throughout the year throughout the state, the idea that the safest year on record for the state still recorded nearly 1,000 highway fatalities should underscore the need to get well structured auto and life insurance policies. Shopping online for the best available policy may yield a much better plan than one could receive by just taking the first available plans available.

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