Speed Awareness Day in Illinois

Illinois State Police

Today is Speed Awareness Day in Illinois and the Illinois State Police (ISP) will be out in full force to promote safety on Illinois roads.  ISP District 10 officers are teaming up with Illinois’ other districts to promote awareness about the dangers of speeding towards motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.  ISP officials say in Illinois, speed was the reason for 32.4 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014.  District 10 Trooper Tracy Lillard says lives can be easily saved by being aware of speed and understanding the risks.  “We are trying to raise awareness that we are looking out for speeders,” Lillard says.  “The purpose is to reduce fatalities out on our roads.  We’ve determined speed is one of the major contributors to causing fatal crashes and if we can reduce people’s speeds, hopefully we reduce the number of fatalities.”  Lillard says District 10 is sending out extra officers today to monitor speed.  They’ll be employing some advanced techniques to catch speeders including Air Speed, LIDAR details, and Radar Details.  The Air Speed technique involves utilizing small planes and a machine that measures how quickly you travel between two white lines.  LIDAR radar can detect speed from one mile or more away.  ISP troopers will be patrolling State and U.S. Highways, county roads, city streets, and Interstates throughout District 10 including I-57, I-72, and I-74.  Lillard says they aren’t necessarily looking to give out citations, but instead letting people know speeding can be dangerous.  “Our goal is not to write tickets but to have compliance, and that’s what we are encouraging motorists to do,” she says.  “If you can go the speed limit, it won’t be an issue and you won’t get pulled over.”

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