December 2018 Archives
A crash in Woodbridge this month left one man dead and another behind bars on DUI charges. Both men were correctional officers with the Cook County Sheriff's Department.
People who work in road crews doing construction on interstates and tollways around Chicago have some of the most dangerous jobs there are. Aside from the usual dangers involved in working in any construction area, they face the threat of distracted, impaired and just plain reckless motorists.
Drowsy driving is a problem here in Illinois and across America's roads all year. One in three drivers surveyed by AAA admitted to driving "when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open." According to AAA, about 20 percent of fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver.
Electrocutions are the third most common reason for construction worker deaths -- accounting for 10 percent of them. Many are the result of live wires around and above construction sites. As with most on-the-job injuries and fatalities, they're often preventable with training, planning and proper equipment.
Even though it's not always easy to share the road with commercial trucks, you have no choice. There will be times, especially on the interstate, where you find yourself in close proximity to many of these vehicles.