Police chief’s goals for Bloomington include safer roads

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Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 12:29 AM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - Bloomington Police Chief Jamal Simington’s wants to reduce the number of car crashes on city roadways this year, launching a traffic safety education campaign.

Simington’s goal is to reduce the number of crashes by 10% this year, noting the city on average has 1,828 collisions, 272 people injured, and at least two fatalities each year.

“If we, as a community, can lower the traffic crash percentage by 10%, (we) will be saving lives and reducing injuries in our community,” said Simington in a prepared statement.

He said the department will “continue a high level of traffic enforcement” in addition to the safety campaign.

Enforcement and education effort will focus on what the chief said are the top causes that contribute to traffic crashes in Bloomington. They are failing to reduce speed and driving too fast for conditions, failing to yield right-of-ways, driving without adequate skills, knowledge, or experience, following too closely, and disobeying traffic signals.

The department plans on communicating with motorists on its website, weekly social media postings, and traffic safety presentations.

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