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Future Problem Solvers Provide a Safe Alternative for Trick-or-Treaters in Danville

The Future Problem Solvers is an international competition program that students at Danville High School compete in each year. The group of students identify a topic of concern within their community and develops a plan of action to improve the situation. Their most recent project, called Project Ignition, is focused on promoting safe driving within the community. With Halloween around the corner, they are extending their focus to include promoting a safe evening of trick-or-treating for the children in their community. Trick-or-treating is always a fun activity for kids to partake in on Halloween, but it is not always the safest. Children walking around after dark puts them at a higher risk to be hit by a vehicle. In fact, children are four to five times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident on Halloween night than any other night of the year. Project Ignition recognizes that the busy roads in Danville and the high amounts of crime in the area do not provide a safe location for children to trick-or-treat.

To create a safe space for trick-or-treating for the children of Danville, the group is partaking in two events to help promote a safe and happy Halloween. On Saturday, October 27th, from 9am until 2pm they will have a booth at the Kenneth D. Bailey Academy Fall Festival in Danville, giving the public different tips to ensure them of a safe Halloween night. Then, on Halloween from 4pm to 6pm, in partnership with Project Success, they are helping to throw an event called, “Light Up the Night- Don’t be a Ghost, Look and Be Seen on Halloween” at Laura Lee Fellowship House. The message they are sending is, “a happy Halloween is a safe Halloween”.  At the event, children will be allowed to walk around to different stations in their costumes and collect candy in a safe environment. On top of trick-or-treating, there will be different games and activities for the children to partake in. The group will also be handing out clip-on light reflectors to take home, to be worn not only on Halloween night, but any night that children are walking around outside. These reflectors will allow children to be seen in the dark, helping to avoid any possible accidents from occurring.

In order for this event to be a hit, they are asking for help from the community. The group is in need of candy donations and volunteers at the event to help pass out the candy. If you, or a group you are involved in, is interested in helping at the event, please contact Lori Woods at: woodsl@danville118.org or at 217-444-1573.

Before you take your children out trick-or-treating, make sure you pay attention to the possible dangers of the holiday activity. Always make sure you know the area, are highly visible, and always walk on the sidewalk, never on the road.

To find out more about Project Ignition and the work they have done, check out their Facebook page, linked here.


National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 21-27 is the 11th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTSDW). This week is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to prevent teen injuries and deaths on the road. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15 to 18 years) in the US, and in 2015, 1,972 teen drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes. National Teen Driver Safety Week is a week that parents are encouraged to have conversations with their teens about safety tips when behind the wheel, helping them to avoid becoming another statistic. Teens look at receiving their license as a step toward freedom, but it is important that you provide rules and regulations for them, because teen drivers are not ready to have the same level of responsibility behind the wheel as adults. Some of the most important issues to address are alcohol use, inconsistent or no seatbelt use, distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, etc.

One local group, The Future Problem Solvers Club at Danville High School, is doing a great job promoting messages to keep teens safe behind the wheel. Future Problem Solvers is an international competition program that teaches students how to use a problem-solving method that allows them to identify a local topic of concern, and then work to develop a plan of action to improve the situation. Their most recent project was called “Project Ignition”, which is focused on safe driving in the community. They are working hard researching different ways to improve road safety.

Project Ignition wants to bring attention to weather and road conditions, issues beyond the driver’s control, which are a major cause of road accidents. They recognize that issues such as texting, alcohol, and not wearing a seatbelt are huge factors in causing road accidents, but wanted to bring light to the issues that are often overlooked. To do this, the team launched their own driving safety campaign, providing tips and awareness for teen drivers all over the area.

An issue they came across during their research was Interstate 74 between the Champaign and Vermillion county lines. This stretch of interstate is surrounded by open fields, causing wind speeds to increase significantly, leading to more accidents. When drivers make contact with these high winds, they can easily lose control of their vehicles, leading to accidents. In fact, they found that this part of the interstate has more accidents and fatalities than any other part. The team is now working with city and road officials to put warning signs along this part of the interstate, in the hopes of warning drivers along this stretch of I-74. The team runs under the motto, “We are ALL the KEY to road safety”, and that is an important motto for us drivers to be reminded of. To find out more about Project Ignition, check out their Facebook page. 

Your role in keeping your teens informed about the rules of the road is vital. The following tips will allow you to help your teen avoid any accidents on the road.

  • Invest in a safe driving course.
  • Talk to them about ALL the risks that come with driving.
  • Set realistic boundaries, and stick to them.
  • Rid of any common distractions in the teen’s vehicle.
  • Most importantly, practice what you preach.

Remember to stay informed, and keep your teen drivers informed to avoid any future tragedies on the road.


Spiros Law Partners with Adopt-A-Highway

At Spiros Law, we care about the communities we live in, and we always try to do what we can to improve them. As part of our efforts, we have partnered up with Adopt-A-Highway! The Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program is a part of IDOT and helps find groups who are willing to volunteer their time to pick up litter and trash on the side of the highway.  Adopt-A-Highway has more than 10,000 volunteers throughout Illinois and we are proud to be one of the many affiliates.  As a volunteer group, we have adopted Illinois Route 136, also known as Vermillion Road, from Boiling Springs Road to West Winter Avenue in Danville. This is a busy stretch of road consisting of both residential properties and many businesses including the Spiros Law office. As part of our annual volunteer commitment, our team is responsible for walking the route to pick up the trash and litter to help keep it clean and clear. Through our efforts, we hope to offer the people of Danville safer roadways and a cleaner community.

While it may not seem like it, littering can cause serious issues. Here are some common examples of how an act as simple as littering can negatively affect our environment:

Automobile Accidents:

Littering on a highway can cause a chain reaction and leading to an automobile accident.  When litter is thrown out of a moving car it could land on a windshield and block a driver’s vision, it could land on the roadway and cause a driver to swerve, or it could cause a flat tire. All of which are serious hazards.

Environmental Problems:

It is common knowledge that litter is damaging to our environment. Non-biodegradable products are some of the most common items found along the side of the road and unfortunately, they stay there indefinitely. Litter slows the growth of plants, pollutes the air, and degrades natural areas.

Lowers home values.

When communities have high amounts of litter, home and property values can be negatively affected.

Spoils water quality.

When litter is left on the ground for long periods of time, waste seeps into the soil leading to pollution of the water underneath.

There are some simple steps you can take to avoid and combat this issue. In order to avoid littering while driving, it is recommended that drivers keep a litter bag in their vehicle, to avoid the temptation of discarding the trash out of their car window. Beyond this, if you are wondering how you can get involved in combatting this issue, please consider adding your group of friends, neighbors, or coworkers to the list of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers. According to the IDOT website, almost anyone can take part in the program, such as:

  • Civic Groups
  • Clubs
  • Organizations
  • Sororities and fraternities
  • Churches
  • Coworkers
  • Neighbors
  • Friends and Families

The team at Spiros Law is extremely excited to be representing this program, allowing us to make a positive impact in the Danville community.

If you want to make a difference in your own community and want to register a group for the program, visit the IDOT website to fill out an Adopt-A-Highway request form.


AMBUCS Volunteering Event

Ambucs Event Group PhotoOver the weekend, our team was happy to spend our time volunteering at the Challenger League Baseball series, hosted by the AMBUCS organization in Danville. This game series, hosted every June, is just one of the ways that AMBUCS helps improve mobility for people with disabilities.

At the game, each of our twelve volunteers paired up with a buddy whom we spent the day getting to know. We got to help our buddies as they played the field, hit the ball, and ran the bases. Since our buddies aren’t usually able to play a game like baseball, they had a great time, and so did we!

To read more about this event and the organization, visit the AMBUCS website.


Spiros Law Commemorates Law Day 2018

Law Day is celebrated on the 1st of May each year, and the team at Spiros Law is proud to commemorate it with citizens all across our great nation. The purpose of Law Day is to remind people to appreciate the liberties that we hold dear but often take for granted. It aims to promote respect for the rule of law that allows us to govern ourselves as free people and is the key to our democratic way of life.

This year’s Law Day theme is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom”, and it focuses on the vital separation of powers embued in each of our three separate branches of government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our government each have checks and balances over another, allowing for a distribution of power that keeps everything in balance for all citizens.

The first Law Day was commemorated in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is promoted by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is an opportunity for everyone to discuss the courts and our legal system. For more information on Law Day 2018, read more here on the American Bar Association website.


Spiros team volunteers with CRIS Healthy Aging Center to deliver hot meals to those in need

Community service is a large focus for our firm, and the team at Spiros Law, P.C. is committed to helping our neighbors here in Danville. Recently, members of our firm signed up for regular meal deliveries through Danville’s CRIS Healthy Aging Center. This valuable meal delivery service helps bring hot, nutritious meals to people who would not normally be able to buy groceries or cook for themselves. Often, these individuals have physical or mental challenges that make it difficult to get a good, nutritious meal. These meal deliveries are often set up on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the needs of the individual.

We are proud to work alongside the other volunteers and help bring meals to those in need. To learn more about the organization and how you can get involved, visit the CRIS Healthy Aging Center website.


Spiros Law Celebrates Its 13th Anniversary

Spiros Law first opened its doors on April 4th, 2005 (then known as Spiros Wall), in Danville. Thirteen years later, we are proud to celebrate our anniversary and thank all of our valued clients, attorneys, and support staff, without whom this would not be possible. Attorneys James Spiros and Karen Wall (currently Judge Wall for Vermilion County) launched the firm as two attorneys with only two support staff, and a goal of helping people in the Illinois community.

Over the past thirteen years, we’ve expanded our Danville office and have opened offices in Kankakee and Champaign. We have been honored to help injured individuals in our community for all of these years, and we look forward to continuing this work in the years to come.


Spiros Law is proud to sponsor Culture Shock Danville

This year, Spiros Law has joined other local businesses in proud sponsorship of the three-day music fest, Culture Shock Danville. The festival will take place September 22-24, and will feature amazing bands, craft and art vendors, and food vendors for festivalgoers to enjoy. Bands that will be taking the stage at the festival include The Main Squeeze, Matthew Curry, Steady Flow, The Werks, The Royal Hounds, and many, many others. Visit the festival’s Facebook page for a longer list of acts that will be appearing. The finalized lineup and times have not been released yet, but check the festival’s official page, CultureshockDanville.com in the coming week for more details.

The three-day festival promises to provide family-friendly fun for people of all ages, and the best part is, admission is free!

The entire team at Spiros Law is excited to sponsor this great event and enjoy some great entertainment with our neighbors here in the Danville community.