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Public invited to submit stories for IDOT safety campaign

Names, faces of Illinois people sought to show consequences of unsafe driving

information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 15, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking real stories from people who have lost loved ones or otherwise been affected by poor choices and driving behaviors. The stories will be used as a part of “Life or Death Illinois,” IDOT’s ongoing effort to encourage better driving habits and reach zero deaths on Illinois roads.

“Traffic crashes and fatalities do not just represent statistics, but names and faces of people with families and loved ones who care about them,” said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “By sharing these stories, we hope to honor victims and save lives.”

The stories will be used as part the following campaigns: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Click It or Ticket, distracted driving awareness, work zone safety, motorcycle safety, bicycle safety, and pedestrian safety.

To submit a story for consideration, visit

A pop-up at the Life or Death Illinois website provides quick access to a place where stories can be shared.

Last year, 1,047 people died on Illinois roads, according to provisional IDOT statistics, marking the third consecutive year of more than 1,000 traffic fatalities, among the highest totals in a decade.

In response, IDOT in 2018 launched Life or Death Illinois to spotlight the importance of safe driving and appeal to audiences to stop and consider the seriousness of the issues on the state’s roads.

Made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT, Life or Death Illinois runs throughout the year on various media, including digital billboards, social media, and online platforms, as well as traditional radio and TV safety messages.


Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT)
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) facilitates the inter-connectivity of all transportation modes for the efficient movement of people and goods. The roots of the agency can be traced back more than a century, for as long as cars, highways, and air traffic have moved people around the state. IDOT sends traffic-related news releases to The Lansing Journal, and we publish those that are relevant to readers in our community.