Vernon Hills Police to Participate in Speed Awareness Day
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 has been designated as Illinois Speed Awareness Day and the Vernon Hills Police Department will be taking an active role in the event. Throughout the day, the Department will have additional officers on the road whose primary responsibility will be to enforce speeding violations.
Coordinated by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Speed Awareness Day is a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through both education and enforcement.
In Illinois during 2016, there were 1,078 traffic crash deaths, and speed was the reason for over 34% of them. Many lives can be saved each year if drivers are aware of how significantly speed impacts a crash. For example, when a pedestrian is hit by a car doing 20 MPH there is a 10% likelihood that the pedestrian will be killed. However, that jumps to 50% if the car is doing 30 MPH.
“Investigating traffic crashes is something police do every day,” said Sgt. Andrew Gillespie of the Vernon Hills Police Department. “However, the number and severity of crashes can be reduced if drivers are not distracted and are attentive to their speed.”
Anyone with questions about Speed Awareness Day can call (847) 247-4889.