February will bring scrutiny on speeders
01/28/2009, 9:46 pm [replacer_a]
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State police will focus on speeding violations in La Salle County during February.
Capt. Daniel Roach, the District 17 commander, announced Monday that officers will conduct Speed Patrols Enforcing and Educating Drivers on interstates, U.S. and state highways. SPEED is funded though a federal grant administered by the state.
In addition to concentrating on speeding violations, officers will watch for occupant restraint violations and other traffic violations that contribute to crashes. Those include following too closely, improper lane usage and aggressive driving.
Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes, according to the state police.
Nationwide, speeding-related crashes account for 30 percent of all traffic fatalities. In Illinois, 39 percent of all crash fatalities are due in part to speeding.
Statistics show the probability of death, disfigurement or debilitating injury doubles for every 10 mph over 50 mph that a vehicle travels.
Even without causing a crash, speeding affects personal expenses. Passenger cars and light trucks use about 50 percent more fuel traveling at 75 mph than they do at 55 mph.
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