The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the following data about traffic crashes during the 2016 calendar year:
-There were 3,450 distracted driving related fatalities
-There were 803 fatalities stemming from drowsy driving
-There were 10,497 drunk driving fatalities, an increase of 1.7%
-Speed related fatalities increased by 4% to 10,428
-Motorcyclist deaths increased by 5.1% to 5,286, the highest number since 2008
-Pedestrian deaths reached their highest number since 1990 with 5,987 fatalities, an increase of 9%
-Bicyclist deaths reached their highest number since 1991 with 840 fatalities, a 1.3% increase
Where the use of restraints was known, there were 10,428 fatalities stemming from traffic crashes where occupants were unrestrained by a seatbelt or child safety seat. Conversely, 14,996 people were saved because they worse their seatbelt or were properly secured in a child safety seat.
Making even small changes in your driving habits can make a dramatic impact on road safety. Just by slowing down and not excessively speeding, more than 10,00 lives could have been saved during 2016 alone. Please help us make Lombard a safer town by recognizing how much of an impact one bad choice can make upon your life and the lives of those around you. Put down the phone, slow down, wear your seatbelt, and remember to drive safely.
For more information please contact Sgt. Joe Menolascino at (630) 873-4497.
End of summer Labor Day celebrations are fun and festive, but the Lombard Police Department is reminding residents that due to alcohol and drug impaired drivers, it is also dangerous.
The Lombard Police Department reminds residents to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Labor Day
July 19, 2016
During Illinois Speed Awareness Day this July 27, the Lombard Police Department is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists through education and enforcement. In 2014, speed was the reason for 32.4% of all traffic fatalities in Illinois. That’s 348 deaths for the year, or one life every 25 hours. These lives can be easily saved by being aware of our speed and understanding how speeding impacts a crash.
In residential areas, speeding can have the following consequences:
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.
- Approximately 16% of the speed-related fatalities in Illinois were comprised of pedestrians and cyclists.
- The higher the speed at impact, the more severe the injuries sustained.
- 37.4% of the speed-related crashes result in injuries.
- When speeding there is a greater chance that other road users will misjudge how fast you are traveling.
- Speeding extends the distance required to stop a vehicle in emergency situations.
- 87% of the speed-related fatalities occur on local roadways.
- 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. If you would like more information about Illinois Speed Awareness Day, please visit www.illinoisspeedawarenessday.org.
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