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Police in Illinois stepping up patrols for 'Speed Awareness Day' Wednesday

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Law enforcement officials in Illinois will be adding extra patrols for “Speed Awareness Day” on Wednesday.

According to authorities, 32 percent of all traffic deaths in the state in 2014 could be contributed to speeding, and roughly 16 percent of the speed-related fatal crashes involved cyclists or pedestrians.

The Illinois State Police Department said when a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling 20 miles per hour they have a 10 percent likelihood of being killed, which increases to 50 percent if the vehicle is traveling at 30 miles per hour.

Thirty-seven percent of speed-related crashes result in injuries and 87 percent of speed-related deaths occur on local roads, police said.

Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to navigate around objects in the roadway and curves, according to officials.

Click here to learn more about "Speed Awareness Day."

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