I saw the forum add asking if I thought I-74 needs a third lane and so here we go. Don't hesitate to join in with your thoughts on this confusing subject of why so many accidents are occurring on 74 between Champaign and Danville. Being a former truck driver I've seen numerous accidents and become accustomed to areas where they often occur and as well the times of day. With such a diverse group of people from high school, college kids to the workforce to seldom leaving home farmers on the highways Illinois has all the necessary diversity to cause everyone to be on the alert for these different driving styles but the accidents persist. Just from my first look it appears people for no understandable reason are lost in their own world. With today's technologies, ipods, cell phones, cd players pushing the limits on attention while driving is the go to cause and effect finger pointers run to. That said, without knowing all the other kinds of mitigating factors that play a small or large roll in driving behavior and cause and effect, it's difficult to make any real knowledgeable decision.
I've seen a lot, from dressing for work, reading the paper, reading books, messing with the wife/husband, kids, to shaving, combing, painting nails, lips, toes, changing for gym, workouts, aerobics, having sex, getting ready to have sex, had sex, drinking, drinking and driving and on and on and on but I have not seen it all, no such thing exist as all of it, it is always changing.
I honestly don't know what it takes to get people to pay more attention when driving and to respect the results of what happens when you wreck. All I can say is that every part of this country has different driving styles depending on its population and things to do. I do fear that the right answer may be a combination of different things are needed in an attempt to address all the different drivers. From more billboards, more lights, more reflectors, etc to more exit ramps, trees, etc to break up the scene automatically causing drivers to reset their focus every time they notice something new, different which in turn makes them alert and more likely to stay aware of their surroundings, the traffic around them and not what's the next song on the ipod, who's messaging me now, etc.
I hope the answers are soon found and can be implemented. No one wants to see another accident or death. Given that sources respond after the effects have been caused, it is unknown if something, anything can be done which is always better than nothing. Your tax dollars at work may have already been spent when governor Quinn gave his staff pay increases because what they are doing is worth far more than a human life. Same for former governor Ryan, all that tax spent would have been much better suited to fix problems such as I-74 but Ryan had to break the law and show that people no matter how once good can always turn bad and to get results from politicians when less money is available is the problem when it cost so much to punish them. Fingers crossed but not holding my breath...