police announce speeding patrols
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[October 06, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Capt. James W.
Wolf, District 9 commander, announced Wednesday that District 9
Illinois State Police officers will conduct special patrols this
month on interstates 55 and 72 in Sangamon County. The enforcement
is known as SPEED, for Speed Patrols Enforcing and Educating
District 9 troopers will concentrate on speeding violations. In
addition, officers will watch for occupant restraint violations and
other traffic violations that are contributing causes of crashes,
such as following too closely, improper lane usage and aggressive
driving. The Illinois State Police will conduct SPEED patrols in
conjunction with regular patrols during October.
Speeding is one
of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes.
Nationwide, speeding-related crashes account for 30 percent of all
traffic fatalities. Here in
Illinois, 39 percent of all crash fatalities are due in part to
speeding. Troopers will enforce speeding laws to ensure drivers and
their passengers arrive safe and alive. Statistics show the
probability of death, disfigurement or debilitating injury doubles
for every 10 miles per hour over 50 miles per hour that a vehicle
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Speeding, without even causing a crash, also affects personal
expenses. Passenger cars and light trucks use about 50 percent more
fuel traveling at 75 miles per hours than they do at 55 miles per
SPEED patrols are funded through a grant from the U.S. States
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department
of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
[Text from file received from Illinois