During Illinois Speed Awareness Day on July 27, the 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 percent of traffic fatalities. That’s 348 deaths for the year, or one life every 25 hours. These lives can be saved by being aware of speed and understanding how speeding affects 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 vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.
• The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
• 37.4 percent of speed-related crashes result in injuries.
• 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 driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the road.
• Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds.
For information, visit illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.