Fatal crashes prompt warning


Several area emergency agencies have released an important message ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend.

McLean County Coroner Kathleen Yoder and area police departments remind drivers to stay safe as there have been five traffic crash fatalities in the past few weeks along with several other accidents in the area. By comparison, McLean County had 11 total traffic crash fatalities in 2018 and 14 total traffic crash fatalities in 2019.

“We want to make sure everyone stays safe during this holiday season by following these traffic safety recommendations,” said Yoder. “Please be mindful of the other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles,

bicyclists and workers on the roadway this holiday in order to save lives.”

Recommendations to save lives, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, include: wearing a seat belt, not speeding and not driving intoxicated. Motorists should commit to only driving 100 percent sober.

More information can be found at the website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving.

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