The state of Illinois has seen an uptick in the number of vehicle fatalities which occurred this year. Authorities blame the 9% increase on warm weather that has brought more motorists, especially motorcyclists, onto state roads. 533 have died this year in the state, a 45-person jump from 2011. The Secretary of the Department of Transportation thinks that distracted driving and more motorcycles have led to the numbers. Chicago-area intoxicated drivers have also become more common.
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