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IDOT Opens Highway Safety Planning to the Public

First Time Ever IDOT Will Hold Meetings to Receive Public Input on Highway Safety Planning


SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Timothy W. Martin announced today IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety (DTS) will be hosting a series of meetings across the state to get input from local agencies and the public at large as DTS develops its annual Highway Safety Plan. DTS is developing the Fiscal Year 2006 Highway Safety Plan which determines where federal highway safety dollars will be spent in Illinois and will become a part of the Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan that is currently being developed.

“A cookie cutter approach does not work, different communities face their own unique problems,” Secretary Martin said. “We want all of Illinois focused on Governor Blagojevich’s goal of 1000 or less traffic deaths by 2008. These meetings will allow us to get feedback from all over Illinois and keep the dialogue focused on that goal.”

In each public hearing DTS staff will present an introduction and overview of the Highway Safety Plan. The meeting will also feature an open session where both written and oral testimony will be accepted from community members.

“These public meetings are a positive way to get more people involved in developing part of our traffic safety strategy,” Susan McKinney, Executive Director of MADD Illinois. “This is another step IDOT is taking in the right direction to reduce the number of deaths on Illinois highways.”

The Highway Safety Plan is prepared annually and is due for submission to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) each September 1. It addresses highway safety issues and details problem areas, specific proposed countermeasures and the proposed funding levels for each.

The annual Highway Safety Plan will become a part of the state’s Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan, which is currently being developed. A CHSP brings together safety organizations, state and local agencies to build upon existing resources and provide a more coordinated safety effort. It will focus on what are referred to as the four E’s of highway safety: Engineering, Enforcement, Education and Emergency Services. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials encourages all states to develop a CHSP as a way to reduce traffic fatalities.

The following is a complete listing of the IDOT/DTS public hearings. The following is a complete listing of the IDOT/DTS public hearings. The booths will be open to the public from 6-7 p.m. with the hearings going from 7-9 p.m.

MARCH 2005
APRIL 2005
03/23/05
Peoria Teamsters Hall
Local #627
7101 N. Allen Rd.
Peoria, IL
4/04/05
Oakley Lindsay Center
300 Civic Center
Quincy, IL
   
3/24/05
Rock Island Teamsters Hall
Local #371
7909 42nd St.
Rock Island, IL
4/05/05
Decatur
Public Library
130 N. Franklin St.
Decatur, IL
   
3/29/05
Orland Park Civic Center
14750 Ravinia Ave.
Orland Park, IL
4/11/05
Effingham KC Hall
1501 W Fayette
Effingham, IL
   
3/30/05
Michael Bilandic Bldg.
Room C500
160 North LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL
4/12/05
Collinsville IBEW Hall
Local 309
2000 Mall St.
Collinsville, IL
   
  4/18/05
Champaign Laborers Hall
Local 703
108 E. Anthony
Urbana, IL
   
  4/19/05
Carterville/Marion
John A. Logan Community College
Torvin/Crisp Room
310 W Plaza Dr.
Carterville, IL
   
  4/21/05
Schaumburg
IDOT/District 1 Office
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, IL




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