Car crashes increased in 2021. On Urbana roads, pedestrians are most at risk

A street and University of Illinois campus buildings at night. Red lines show where car tail lights passed by.

URBANA — In 2021, more than 1,300 people died in car crashes in Illinois. That’s the highest number since 2005. The roadside assistance group AAA is encouraging drivers to adopt safer behaviors in the new year. “When we call a crash an accident, it implies that these tragedies are beyond human influence, and that is […]

Bloomington PD policy change reduces racial disparity in traffic stops

BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police say they have greatly reduced racial disparities in traffic stops by shifting focus and using real-time data. Jamal Simington, who started as Bloomington Police Chief on Oct. 1, said in the last three weeks officers have shifted more traffic enforcement to high-traffic areas. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s402/audio/2021/12/211203bloomington-pd-policy-change-reduces-traffic-stop-racial-disparity.mp3 Listen to this story here. “We are […]