100 deadliest days of summer in Central Illinois

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PEORIA, Ill. — Police officers already ticket people going over the speed limit as part of their day to day job, but this time of the year is known as the “100 deadliest days of summer”.

“We do crack down more this time, especially with all the holidays, we’ll have cars out specifically for set holidays for traffic enforcement,” said John Nelson, Deputy for Peoria County Sheriff’s Office.

But it’s more than just travelers and a few extra cars. Road maintenance peaks during the hot summer months, since construction crews are trying to get as much done as possible before winter arrives. 

“We just want people to be aware of what’s going on constantly, [to] pay attention to those work zone signs, construction signs,” Sie Maroon, Superintendent of Operations for City of Peoria Public Works said. “Those are warning signs to let you know there’s work going on ahead.”

And with construction, comes congestion.

“Once you’re in that work zone we want people to slow down. We are looking for people to abide by the fact that there are workers on the street, and they wanna go home and see their families as well at the end of the day,” said Maroon.

So slow and steady wins the race.

“It’s all about safety, all about getting people where they need to go. If they get into an accident they aren’t gonna go to where they need to go anyway, so they should take it slow,” said Maroon.

So as you’re driving the miles, take the extra mile, too.

“Just be mindful of other drivers. Obey the traffic laws and if there’s people that don’t know where they are going try not to get upset with them,” said Nelson.

Some other things to keep in mind:

Motorcyclists and cyclists can be unpredictable, resulting in more crashes. Also, warmer weather causes the air inside your tires to expand, which can cause a blowout. Plus, as you rely on air conditioning more through the summer months, the chances of your engine overheating increases significantly.

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