Doesn’t it seem like every day another bad wreck happens on our Southern Illinois roadways?
These are the headlines we see:
“Crashes Increased 30 percent Compared to 2016 – Illinois State Police”
“Multiple wrecks on I-57 and I-24 delay traffic – WSIL-TV 3”
“2 killed in crash on I-57 in Union County, IL – KFVS12 News”
“One person killed in I-57 southbound crash – WPSD Local 6”
“Four Semis Crash on I-57” – WSIU”
“3 fatal crashes in less than 2 hours claim 4 lives on Southern Illinois – The Southern Illinoisan”
Are you apprehensive about your spouse driving to work? Do you worry about your son or daughter driving to Carbondale or Paducah? Do you take backroads to avoid semi after semi passing you on I-57? Do you stay away from construction zones at all costs?
Our highways are blessings to our local commerce, but they are too dangerous. They don’t have to be. Highways become dangerous when speed, reckless and distracted driving become more important than the safety of those around us.
The highways belong to all of us, not just some. We are all in this together. We can do our part by recommitting ourselves to driving with safety in mind. Local Law Enforcement does their part by criminally prosecuting those who break the law. Local representatives can do their part by changing laws and providing further funding for road expansion.
Our role here at HDSL is important to us. Our goal is to hold negligent drivers – especially those in the trucking industry – accountable in court for how they drive and to speak out for those they harm so that tomorrow they will be safer.
Working together, we can.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by careless or distracted driving, call (618) 310-3411.