Transportation officials are hoping a new pilot program will help cut down on the number of wrong-way accidents on Interstate-44 in St. Louis.
According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, there have been 25 crashes on I-44 caused by drivers headed in the wrong direction on the interstate in the last eight years.
Two people were killed and another 91 injured on Missouri’s roads during the Christmas holiday.
The state Highway Patrol investigated 239 crashes between December 21st and Christmas Day, and arrested 130 people for driving while intoxicated. During the Christmas holiday last year, five people were killed and 67 injured, and state police arrested 56 for DWI.
Starting today, motorists in Illinois will see safe driving messages on the state's digital road signs.
The campaign from the Illinois Department of Transportation is an effort to reduce the number of fatal accidents in the state. So far this year, 479 people have died on Illinois roads, compared with 418 by the same time last year.
The name of the driver involved in the accident has been released by the Illinois State Police along with the names of the others injured - with the exception of worker Dennis Beard, who died, as we previously reported. They are as follows:
Eleven students in the Valley R-6 School District ranging in age from 7 to 16 were hurt in the crash Tuesday near Belgrade, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis. Authorities believe the bus driver was distracted by something on the bus, causing it to slide off the narrow two-lane highway and overturn in a ditch.