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Police to participate in Illinois Speed Awareness Day

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Police Department is urging drivers to be be safe and watch their speed and is participating in Illinois Speed Awareness Day on July 24.

The police department is promoting “safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through both education and enforcement,” a news release said.

“In Illinois during 2017, speed was the reason for 42% of all fatal crashes,” according to the news release. “That’s 462 deaths for the year, or one life every 19 hours.

“These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.”

Danger increases with speed. A pedestrian hit by a car going 20 mph has a 10% chance of being killed. At 30 mph, that chance increases to 50%, the news release said.

Speeding reduces the ability to navigate around curves, increases required stopping distance, increases the chance that other drivers will misjudge and leads to more serious injuries in crashes, the release said.

“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 release read.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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