Citywide Child Safety Seat Check Kicks Off Event
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police officials and traffic safety partners announced at a news conference today details concerning the 2009 “Staying Alive,” Illinois Traffic Safety Conference.
“To combat Illinois’ most pressing traffic safety challenges, IDOT and partners will undergo extensive training for the next few days,” said IDOT Acting Secretary Gary Hannig. “Innovative training and perfected collaboration is essential to further decrease the number of fatalities on Illinois roadways.”
In 2007, there were 1,248 fatalities on Illinois roadways and in 2008 that number dropped significantly to 1,042.
At the conference, experts will share their knowledge in the following areas: motorcycle safety, DUI chemical testing, electronic crash reporting systems, highway safety management, media training, the breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID), tween safety, motor carrier/hazardous materials safety program, child passenger safety, rising traffic safety challenges, the DUI court system and supervision, the Operation Teen Safe Driving Program (OTSD), national perspectives of traffic safety issues, nighttime enforcement activities and innovative crash data collections.
“The Illinois State Police is excited to partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Staying Alive Conference. We have achieved a great deal of success in reducing fatalities and saving lives on Illinois roadways,” said Illinois State Police Director Jonathon Monken. “Events such as this conference are a valuable means to reduce the fatality rate even further by providing excellent training opportunities.”
In addition, the conference will also focus on the results of the new BAIID law requiring anyone arrested for DUI after January 1, 2009 to install a breath ignition device in their vehicle if they want driving relief during their driver’s license suspension. The BAIID law requires the offender to submit a breath test every time they wish to start their vehicle and also at periodic intervals after their vehicle has been started. Illinois is one of just six states mandating BAIID use by first-time offenders.
The IDOT ‘s Division of Traffic Safety is hosting the conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The conference begins April 14 and runs through April 16, 2009. A child passenger seat check is scheduled for the public from 9:00am-11:00am on April 14th in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza. For more information about the IDOT’s Traffic Safety Division, log onto www.dot.state.il.us/safety.html.