BATAVIA – In an effort to reduce speed-related traffic accidents, Batavia, North Aurora and other police departments across the state will take part July 25 in Illinois Speed Awareness Day.
The campaign is intended to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through both education and enforcement, according to a news release.
In 2016, speed was the reason for 355 traffic fatalities in Illinois – about 33 percent – or nearly one lost life per day.
“On July 25, our officers will be conducting extra patrols near intersections and roadways that have had the highest number of crashes so far this year,” the Batavia Police Department stated in a release. “We will also be handing out information to help educate citizens about how obeying the posted speed limit can reduce crashes and save lives.”
In residential areas, speeding can have the following consequences.
• When a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling 20 mph, there is a 10 percent likelihood of being killed; at 30 mph, that danger increases to 50 percent.
• The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries.
• 37.8 percent of speed-related crashes result in injuries.
• When speeding, there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast one is traveling.
• Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
• Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
"Let’s all do our part by taking a proactive approach to prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by being aware of our speed and obeying the speed limit signs all the time," the North Aurora Police Department stated in a release. "Drivers who fail to heed warnings risk getting a ticket as we’ll have extra officers out monitoring speed on our roadways. We’d rather have drivers slow down than give out tickets."
For more information about the safety campaign, visit illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.