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Officers statewide promote “Speed Awareness Day”

Posted by wlpo on July 27, 2016

Police across the state are asking you to ease off the gas pedal just a bit as part of a program promoting safety for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians.

Wednesday is Illinois Speed Awareness Day, and it looks to call attention to the 348 deaths last year from crashes where police say speed was a factor. They say excessive speed played a role in nearly one-third of all traffic deaths.

In the Illinois Valley, the Mendota Police Department is looking to raise awareness as well. Police Chief Tom Smith says part of the reason the Mendota Police Department is participating in the program is because speed-related incidents in the city seem to be on the rise.

Speed Awareness Day comes at a time when driving in the Illinois Valley is more hazardous. LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties are all on pace to have more fatal crashes this year than in 2015.

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