Chicago Traffic Safety Task Force and Projects
Chicago, the third largest city in the United States, is the hub of the transportation network in the Midwest. The city's diverse population of 3 million residents challenges traffic planners in their search for strategies to address traffic safety issues. The challenge is intensified by an estimated 26 million visitors to the Chicago area each year. The immensity of the traffic problems arising from a traffic hub such as Chicago is reflected in the fact that, in 1995, 171,751 motor vehicle crashes were reported. Traffic crashes resulting in fatalities numbered 227; 27,372 were injured in those crashes. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol citations for 1995 numbered 6,558.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the Chicago Traffic Safety Task Force and Projects effort was the reduction of traffic-related injuries and fatalities through implementation of the following objectives:
STRATEGIES AND ACTIVITIES
The Chicago Traffic Safety Task Force was formed in 1990 with a mandate to coordinate the development and implementation of traffic safety programs in Chicago, as well as in Cook County. Members of the Task Force were recruited from public and private agencies having traffic safety interests and responsibilities, such as the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Task Force meets quarterly to provide reports and updates, to discuss strategies and trends in traffic safety efforts and to develop future strategies and activities.
The Task Force has developed a series of prevention efforts designed to meet the goal of the program to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities in Chicago and Cook County:
According to 1996 national statistics, Chicago was the only large U.S. city reporting a reduction in crash fatalities
Crash-related fatalities statewide were reported down by 9.8 percent from 1994 to 1996
From 1986 to 1996, Chicago reported a decline of 11.7 percent in crash-related fatalities
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