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.
Speed Limit Safety
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.
Drive Sober Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made it even easier to get home safely when you’ve been drinking, with the free SaferRide mobile app, available through iTunes and Google Play. The app allows you to call pre-selected contacts or a taxi, and also identifies your location so you can be picked up.
Officer Rojas and the Lombard Police Department want you to know that two easy steps to help avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for drunk driving are to always designate a sober driver and to never let friends drive drunk. Other important tips include:
- You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you serve is involved in a drunk-driving crash.
- Make sure all of your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
- Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages if hosting a party.
- Give your car keys to a designated sober driver before the party begins.
- Take the keys away friends who attempt to drive drunk and call them a ride.
- If you do not have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home, call a cab, sober friend or family member to pick you up, or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober. Just don’t drive drunk!
- Always buckle up – it is your best defense against a drunk driver.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdowns are made possible by federal highway safety funds, administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.