As Illinois Proposes an Increased Speed Limit on Interstate Highways, Metropolitan Insurance Reminds Residents of Safety

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The IDOT is committed to reducing the number of driving fatalities to zero, and local insurance agents want to help.

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On May 22, 2013, the Illinois House sent Governor Pat Quinn new legislation proposing an increase in the speed limit on non-urban interstate highways in Illinois from 65 mph to 70 mph

In 2012, roadway deaths raised 4 percent overall in Illinois, as reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation. This led to State Transportation Secretary, Ann Schneider, to take action. A new campaign in Illinois, highway message signs that track the number of deaths, she says, is directly related to the drop in fatalities compared to years past. However, news of a proposed increase in the state’s speed limit on interstate highways has opponents fearing increased speeds would increase fatalities as well.

On May 22, 2013, the Illinois House sent Governor Pat Quinn new legislation proposing an increase in the speed limit on non-urban interstate highways in Illinois from 65 mph to 70 mph, reports the Chicago Tribune. Supporters of the increase note that this could help the commercial trucking business in the speed of delivery of goods. Opponents, however, feel that it will be more difficult for large trucks to stop at higher speeds, resulting in more auto-related fatalities in Illinois. To date, according to the IDOT website, there have been 368 driving fatalities.

Whether the legislation is passed or not, “Driving Zero Fatalities to Reality” is the message that the DOT wants to portray. Motorists in Illinois can be proactive about many things to ensure that. At Metropolitan Insurance, the local agents want to remind motorists of some tips for driving safety.

  • Practice defensive driving: This includes things such as following distance, scanning the roads, and avoiding all distractions.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Just say no to distractions: Including cell phones, GPS devices, the radio, eating while driving and other passengers.
  • Designate a sober driver when drinking.
  • Obey the posted speed limits and slow down while driving through work and school zones.
  • Adjust driving speed and following distance to the weather.
  • During times of high traffic, such as holidays or weekends, increase roadway awareness.

And of course, with the warm weather in the air, let us not forget that there are now motorcycles all over the roadways. To avoid motor accidents and fatalities, always:

  • Give a rider his or her space – remember, they do not control their vehicle the same way as you
  • Keep a greater following distance
  • Remind riders to wear the proper gear while on their motorcycles

The local insurance agency wants to remind motorists that there are monetary benefits to safe driving, too! Many auto insurance carriers will offer good driving discounts. To learn more about options in Illinois for auto insurance, commercial auto insurance, or perhaps both, motorists are encouraged to give the local agents a call. At Metropolitan Insurance, one call does it all!

About Metropolitan Insurance Service Consultants, Inc.:

Located in the bustling city of Chicago, Metropolitan Insurance Service Consultants, Inc. has been servicing the needs of Illinois residents for over 50 years. The combination of local expertise and insurance experience has been the foundation for their services. Since 1959, the goal has been to provide the best services at the best prices for every client – no matter what the needs are. Representing over 15 different insurance companies enables the agents to work to make anything possible – protecting families, dreams and the future of every client who comes to them. At Metropolitan Insurance Service Consultants, Inc., one call can do it all.

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