April 29, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- AAA urges
legislators to vote no on SB 2356, which would increase the speed limit to 70 mph on
' roadways. The bill has already passed through the
Senate and awaits a full vote by the Illinois House.
legislature should not ignore the enormous speeding problem
already has on its roadways," said
, president of AAA Chicago. "Speeding accounts for more than half of
' over 900 roadway fatalities, and this problem cannot be fixed by letting cars and trucks travel faster."
data on speeding
are clear. From 2008-2011,
' roadway fatalities dropped 12 percent; but those fatalities due to speeding rose nearly 14 percent. Furthermore, in 2010 and 2011,
speed limits for large trucks were raised to 65 mph. Over this time, there has been a 39 percent increase in fatalities involving large trucks.
"Make no mistake, this bill allows large trucks to travel even faster on our roadways. The majority of large-truck fatalities involve motorists, who unfortunately don't stand a chance against an 80,000 pound vehicle traveling at high speeds," said Roeber.
The cost of traveling faster also needs to be thoroughly examined. In 2011, AAA noted in our
Crashes vs. Congestion
study that a conservative estimate of the cost to society for each fatal crash was
. At that rate, the cost of speeding fatalities in
is already over
SOURCE AAA Chicago