Prepare For Speeding Tickets, Illinois Holds 4th Annual Speed Awareness Day

Bernie Tafoya
July 23, 2019 - 1:44 pm
4th Annual Illinois Speed Awareness Day

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police from nearly 200 departments in Illinois will be on a ticket-writing blitz for speeders Wednesday for Illinois Speed Awareness Day.
 
Mike Donovan of Families Against Chronic Excessive Speed (FACES4) said his 23-year old daughter, Nicole, and his 4-year old grandson, Devin, were killed by a driver going more than 100 miles an hour in 2005.

"My little girl and her little boy were crushed to death. That’s my memory," he said.



Highland Park Police Chief Lou Jogmen, who is also Vice-President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said "we’re putting everyone on notice, we’re pulling you over tomorrow and you probably can expect a ticket and I guarantee somebody that’s listening to this right now, will listen to it and tomorrow will be getting a ticket, because they’re just not going to listen the right way.

Chief Jogmen adds that, "one of the (police officers) who was just here from one of the departments is shooting to get 30 or 40 tomorrow. It’s really all he’s going to focus on is speeding violations and it’s really the message we’re trying to send."

IDOT’s Impaired Driving Coordinator Shannon Alderman said more than 40 percent of traffic deaths in Illinois are the result of someone speeding. 

"It’s not rocket science. The faster the speed, the more dangerous driving becomes," he said.

Illinois State Police Lt. Col. David Byrd said, "Everyone has places they need to go, but it's never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm's way to get there faster."

Chief Jogmen said people have become too desensitized to speeding and the deaths it causes.

"Based on our experience, to many people, speeding is just not that big of a deal. That is, of course, until it affects them or someone they love," he said.

So, he said, on Wednesday, people "will likely see a lot more lights and they will likely see more traffic stops."