Speed Awareness Day Is July 27, Slow Down!
If you're an habitual speeder you should stop, especially on July 27.
The Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety through both education and enforcement. In Illinois 32.4% of all traffic fatalities are a result of speeding. That's 348 deaths a year, just under one a day. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of your speed and slowing down when necessary.
The Illinois State Police wanted to share all these consequences speeding can have.
- The probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. These consequences double for every 10MPH over 50MPH.
- When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed. However you keep moving the same speed until you hit something. Like the windshield.
- The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, seatbelts, crumple zones, and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
- 37.4% of all speed related crashes result in injuries.
- Speeding extends the distance required to stop in an emergency.
- Speeding reduces a driver's ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
- Speeding can lower gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.
In addition to all these warnings troopers will be out in force July 27 so if you don't want to slow down because of the reasons above they'll make sure you slow down to 0MPH to write you a ticket.