The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is dedicated to “Driving Zero Fatalities to a Reality.” A safe transportation system greatly reduces tragic human loss, as well as the economic costs of crashes. Illinois’ transportation system is among the safest in the world. The fatality rate on Illinois highways has declined by almost two-thirds since 1982 despite a steady growth in travel during that period. With the projected increase in the demand for transportation in the future, keeping the Illinois transportation system and citizens safe will continue to be a top priority for IDOT.
Our work on roads, traffic safety initiatives, programs, and laws are designed to encourage safety behaviors and promote safe driving in Illinois.
Maintains 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers along the interstate system.
Provides around-the-clock Emergency Traffic Patrol services also known as Minutemen on the Chicago and Metro East St. Louis expressway systems.
Communicates additional information daily through a variety of media outlets to remind motorists of the importance of safe driving, road sharing, travel conditions and applicable state laws.