Saturday, October 06, 2007
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State police announce speeding patrols

Fuel consumption and probabilities of injuries or death increase with speed

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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 Drivers.

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 travels.

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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 hour.

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 State Police]

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