Illinois State Police join forces
with agencies statewide on Wednesday for 2017 Illinois Speed
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[July 25, 2017]
- During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 26th, Illinois State
Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for
motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through both education and
enforcement. In Illinois during 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4%
of all traffic fatalities. Thatís 348 deaths for the year, or one
life every 25 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware
of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.
On Interstates speeding can have the following consequences:
The probability of death, disfigurement, or
debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such
consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid
change in speed. However the occupants keep moving at the
vehicleís previous speed until they are stopped, either by
hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or
The effectiveness of restraint devices like
airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as
impact speed increases.
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37.4% of the speed-related crashes result in
Speeding extends the distance required to stop a
vehicle in emergency situations.
Crash severity increases with the speed of the
vehicle at impact.
Speeding reduces a driverís ability to navigate
safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway
District 09 Commander Chris Owen stated "Our State
Troopers will be out in force attempting to identify those driver's
that choose to disobey posted speed limits and place others in
Letís all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent
fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our
speed and obeying the speed limit signs ALL the time. If you would
like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please
[Tpr. Sean T. Ramsey
Safety Education Officer
Illinois State Police District 09]