September 2018 Archives
As we recently discussed, construction workers whose jobs put them on Illinois interstates and expressways are at considerable risk of injury by negligent, reckless and impaired motorists. Recently, some Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) workers actually detained an alleged drunk driver until Illinois State Police (ISP) could get to him.
Construction workers whose jobs place them on or along Illinois' tollways and expressways have among the most dangerous jobs there are. Not only are they working with heavy, potentially dangerous equipment, but they're near or in the midst of fast-moving traffic. While drivers are instructed to slow down when approaching construction areas, not everyone heeds those directions.
While the Chicago area's brutal weather limits the number of outdoor construction projects during the winter months, many of them have to move forward. That means construction workers have to deal with a number of additional challenges because of the cold weather. These include things like digging through frozen ground and treating concrete with calcium chloride so that it can cure properly.
An Aurora woman was killed and five people were injured late last month in a crash that involved two semi trucks in Wisconsin. The 84-year-old woman was a passenger in a small sedan when the crash occurred on the morning of Aug. 25 in Caledonia, Wisconsin.
Driving in downtown Chicago can be challenging and frustrating, to say the least. During the months when snow and ice aren't covering the ground, construction projects abound. This makes things even more confusing and dangerous for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
On your commute home, you're driving along carefully in your own lane. There is plenty of traffic around you, but you keep a safe following distance and obey the speed limit. It is a simple, safe drive that you do almost every day.