Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.
The Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't keep statistics on accidents unless a moving car is involved. That's why Ed Barsotti with the League of Illinois Bicyclists says "dooring" was invisible in state record books.
Illinois law enforcement officials will be increasing their efforts over the holiday season by targeting drivers who are intoxicated and those not wearing seatbelts. (Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)
Of course, you should never drink and drive or be in a moving car without wearing a seatbelt, but Illinois motorists will want to be especially mindful this holiday season.
Illinois State Police and local law enforcement are stepping up enforcement on impaired drivers and unbelted motorists this holiday season in what they're calling the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose/Click It or Ticket Holiday Crackdown."
Freezing rain overnight turned area highways into skating rinks for early morning commutes. At one point on Wednesday night, sections of Interstates 70, 44 and 55 were closed in the St. Louis area because of accidents.
150 MoDOT trucks salted the roads overnight, says the agency's Kara Price.