CHICAGO, IL- According to chicago.cbslocal.com an early morning accident on Monday, July 23, 2018, killed one man and caused another man to suffer severe burns. The collision occurred on 14th Street and Chicago Road.
The driver of a green Ford Explorerreportedly was burned so badly that he could not be recognized. The driver of the other vehicle, 28-year-old Dejuan S. Slatton, suffered severe burns and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The cause of the accident is not yet known.
Chicago has joined other US cities in implementing a Vision Zero program. Chicago’s goal is to eliminate all traffic fatalities by the year 2026. The program started in June 2017. The initiative combines several methods as part of an overall mission. Data is to be analyzed to determine the areas that are the highest priority; street designs will be created with safety in mind, police are pushing to enforce laws that prohibit the most dangerous types of driving violations, and community leaders will be working to educate the public about safer roadway behaviors.
The program includes plans for more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Many of the improvements completed so far are near schools, and they include bump outs. High-visibility crosswalks, speed feedback signs, and pedestrian refuge islands. New bikeways are being created as well.
Despite the efforts being made to curb driving-related deaths and injuries, vehicle collisions and traffic-related fatalities are still on the rise in Illinois. The increase in traffic fatalities could be related to increasing speed limits in the state. The faster vehicles are traveling, the more likely it is that someone will be hurt or killed in an accident.
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