July 25 is known as Illinois Speed Awareness Day.
During the day of awareness, motorists can expect to see and increase in police presence. The Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through enforcement and education.
In 2016, the total number of crashes in Illinois which involved motor vehicles was 324,274. These crashes resulted in 92,957 people being injured and 1,078 people killed. Speed accounted for 32.2 percent of all overall crashes, and 34.2 percent of all fatal traffic crashes.
These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash
Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway. Speeding can also lower gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds.
Motorists can all do their part by taking a proactive approach to prevent traffic crashes, fatalities and to reduce injuries on the roadways by being cognizant of our speed, obeying the speed limit signs at all times, and obeying all traffic laws.