The Illinois State Police, Hancock County Sheriff's Department and emergency services across the county gathered Monday morning to celebrate a safe year on roads and highways.
According to the Illinois State Police, almost 1,000 people died last year on Illinois roads, but Hancock County is one county that didn't contribute to that number. Hancock County was recognized as one of just six counties in the state of Illinois to have no fatal vehicle crashes in 2012.
Sergeant Bradley Beekman says he thinks education in schools is one of the contributing factors.
"It does start at the level of our young drivers in the high schools," Beekman said. "We do have safety education officers that do target schools to make them aware of, as I said, the responsibility you take on when you obtain a driver's license. "
Other counties in the area with no fatal crashes included Brown, Greene, Putnam, Hamilton and Edgar counties. (Click here for a county-by-county map of fatal traffic crash data in Illinois.)
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