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Slight increase in Illinois traffic deaths

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More than 900 people were killed on Illinois roads in 2012. 

That may seem like a lot but past years prove different.  From 2004 for 2008, traffic deaths were above 1,000 all four years.  Since 1921, 2009 was the first year with fewer than 1,000 deaths in Illinois.

Sergeant Brent Massingill of Illinois State Police District 16 says driving while under the influence of alcohol is one of the main reasons to traffic deaths. 

"We're happy we're in the 900s but is 900 way too many traffic deaths? Yeah, absolutely it is. 1 is too many.  We need to be realistic, to say that there should be none? I don't think that's very realistic but 900, still way too many."

Wisconsin reports 300 fewer deaths than Illinois in 2012 and Massingill believes Chicago boosts the state's number.

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