Local government officials often respond to traffic safety concerns after a public outcry over injuries or deaths from auto or pedestrian accidents. At least one Cook County community is not waiting until a crash occurs to take action. Orland Park is stepping up enforcement of a state law that local residents complain village drivers are ignoring.
A Waukegan man is only a year older than the teenage pedestrian he allegedly hit and killed during a nighttime street race. Police north of Chicago tracked down and arrested an 18-year-old for the late March hit-and-run fatality.
North Shore residents have spent the better part of a decade waiting for improvements to a troublesome Cook County intersection. New safety features will be installed at a Winnetka intersection by August with hopes of preventing needless vehicle and pedestrian accidents.