State police give advanced notice on SPEED patrols

Published: Monday, April 9, 2007 10:27 AM CDT
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DU QUOIN Master Sergeant David Taylor, Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau South Platoon Supervisor, announced that Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau officers will be conducting fourth-quarter Speed Patrols Enforcing and Educating Drivers throughout the up coming months in Southern Illinois counties on Interstate 57, Interstate 64 and Interstate 24.

Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau Troopers will concentrate on speeding violations. In addition to speeding, MEB officers will watch for occupant restraint violations and other traffic violations which are contributing causes of crashes such as following too closely, improper lane usage, and aggressive driving. The Illinois State Police Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau will conduct SPEED patrols in conjunction with regular patrols during September. Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes. Nationally, speeding-related crashes accounted for approximately 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. Here in Illinois, 43 percent of all crash fatalities were due in part to speeding.

Motorcycle Enforcement Bureau Troopers will enforce speeding laws to ensure drivers and their passengers arrive safe and alive. Statistics show the probability of death, disfigurement, or debilitating injury doubles for every 10 miles per hour over 50 miles per hour that a vehicle travels. Speeding, without even causing a crash, also affects personal expenses. Passenger cars and light trucks use about 50 percent more fuel traveling at 75 miles per hour than they do at 55 miles per hour.

SPEED patrols are funded through a grant from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.