ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Between January 1st and November 19th, the Illinois State Police say they’ve issued 2,492 tickets to drivers going over 100 mph.
“At 100 mph, you’re at the mercy of the design of your vehicle, the equipment on your vehicle, and the roadway,” said District 16 Commander Carl Heintz. “If something, anything goes bad, you’re not going to be able to recover from that, and you’re just going to lose control.”
Heintz says, contrary to popular belief, speeding does not result in getting to a destination much quicker.
“For example, let’s take a 65 mph speed limit, and you’re doing 75 mph,” Heintz said. “You’re going 10 mph over and your distance for your trip is 50 miles. It saves you six minutes. So, 50 miles, going 10 over [the limit] saves you six minutes.”
Those six minutes could be the difference between life and death.
“You may overturn and you’re likely to strike something, and you’re putting other people at great risk,” Heintz said. “The dangers are far greater than the benefits. We see, over and over, the consequence, because speed is a factor in every crash.”
Troopers will be out over the Thanksgiving weekend, aggressively enforcing the so-called “fatal four” violations: speeding, DUI, distracted driving, and not wearing a seat belt.
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