(EFFINGHAM) The Illinois State Police, District 12, is partnering with local, state, and federal agencies this week, to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains for the fifth straight year, during Rail Safety Week, today through Saturday, September 24 through 29. District 12 Troopers have a focus this week on injury and fatality prevention through special education and enforcement efforts. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited, plus in addition to enforcement efforts, State Troopers will be distributing literature to the public that contains rail safety information. Last year in 2017, there were over 100 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles which resulted in 25 fatalities and 29 injuries. These numbers had Illinois ranked as 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation in trespassing fatalities. For more on Rail Safety Week, logon at www.oli.org/about-us/news/rail-safety-week-2017.
(SPRINGFIELD) With the 2018-2019 Illinois Archery Deer Season scheduled to start a week from today on October 1, the State Department of Natural Resources has announced that hunters in five east-central Illinois counties will have to wait fifteen days to begin their archery season. Due to an extra effort to grow the deer herd in the region, hunters in the counties of Champaign, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt are prohibited from harvesting antlerless deer during the first fifteen days. A few other restrictions apply for the region. For more information, go online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx.