Jan 19, 2022 - News

Where Illinois ranks on traffic safety laws

Data:Ā Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Illinois ranks near the middle of the country when it comes to passing life-saving traffic laws, according to a new scorecard from the Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety.

Why it matters: National roadway fatalities spiked in the first half of 2021 by nearly 20%, one of the biggest jumps the U.S. has seen in more than a decade, according to federal regulators.

Laws we have: Illinois got points for rules on front and rear seat belts, rear facing infant seats, open alcohol containers, texting and more.

Laws we lack: The state got dinged for not passing rules on booster seats, not raising the learners permit age to 16 nor requiring all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

Yes, but: Illinois does fairly well when it comes to traffic fatalities nationally, ranking No. 12 in a Department of Transportation analysis of 2019 data.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation. Chart: Axios graphics
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation. Chart: Axios graphics

What they're saying: "Even one death on our streets and highways is one too many," Illinois Department of Transportation spokeswoman Maria Castaneda tells Axios.

  • "Through enhanced engineering, enforcement and education efforts, the Illinois Department of Transportation is determined to reach a goal of zero."
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