So it wasn't our imagination - expressway shootings are skyrocketing:
- Expressway shootings have become a major problem. They not only threaten the lives of motorists, but they have also caused frequent traffic jams as police shut down the expressways to investigate them.
In 2010, there were six shootings on Chicago-area expressways.
Last year, there were 18.
And so far this year, there have been 25.
And why would there be so many?
- Most of the shootings don’t appear to stem from road rage, said Sgt. Clare Pfotenhauer, a spokeswoman for the state police. Usually, they involve gang conflicts, she said.
A law enforcement source said gang members follow their targets onto the Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways because they believe it’s easier to get away from police on the expressways than on neighborhood streets.
Gee, what would give them that idea? Oh yeah....right.