Naperville Police Join Forces with Agencies Statewide for 2018 Illinois Speed Awareness Day on July 25

Speed Awareness Day logoDuring Illinois Speed Awareness Day on July 25, the Naperville Police Department is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through both education and enforcement. In Illinois during 2016, speed was the reason for 34.2% of all traffic fatalities. That’s 369 deaths for the year, or one life every 23.7 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.

Speeding can have the following consequences:

  • The probability of death, disfigurement or debilitating injury grows with higher speed at impact. Such consequences double for every 10 MPH over 50 MPH.
  • When a vehicle crashes it undergoes a rapid change in speed. However, the occupants keep moving at the vehicle’s previous speed until they are stopped, either by hitting an object or by being restrained by a safety belt or airbag.
  • The effectiveness of restraint devices like airbags, safety belts, crumple zones and side beams decline as impact speed increases.
  • When a pedestrian is hit by a car at 20 MPH, there is a 10% likelihood of being killed; at a speed of 30 MPH, the percentage increases to a 50% likelihood of being killed.
  • 37% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
  • Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
  • Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate safely around curves or objects in the roadway.

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. For more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, visit www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.