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Traffic Deaths Way Up This Year in Knox County

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Steve Davis / The Register-Mail
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Two people were killed in this crash on I-74 last May, just north of Galesburg.

For some reason, driving in Knox County is much more hazardous than usual this year - way more. The Illinois State Police report traffic fatalities have more than tripled compared to the same period a year ago.
  During the first nine months of last year, just 3 people died in traffic crashes, while so far this year, 14 have died.

Trooper Jason Wilson says just three of the 14 have died on interstate highways in Knox County. The rest were killed on local and county roads - meaning they were mainly local drivers traveling on familiar roads. 
Wilson says there's no one cause of this spike in fatalities - contributing factors include crossing the center line, and not slowing down in construction zones, plus the so-called "Fatal Four" violations - speeding, drunken driving, distracted driving, and failure to wear a seat belt.  Traffic deaths in Knox County this year include all age groups and various times of day. 

He says state police will work with the sheriff's department and local police to increase patrols, especially on local and county roads. And they may start stationing plain clothes officers in construction zones to spot violations.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.