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Question: Slowing down on Illinois highways prevents traffic accidents — the statistics fully bear it out that speeding is a leading reason for motor vehicle accidents — but one other aspect of driving is the now the No. 1 reason for traffic accidents on Illinois roads. Do you know what that is? (1) drunk driving; (2) weather; (3) distracted drivers; (4) aggressive driving.

Answer: The leading reason for motor vehicle accidents in Illinois is now (3) distracted drivers. All those helpful instruments — a cell phone, a GPS, radio/stereos, etc. — may also cause an accident. Speeding is the No. 2 cause, drunk driving is No. 3, weather No. 4 and aggressive driving No. 5, based on state statistics.

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