AAA Urges Legislators to Vote Against Speed Limit Bill
March 07, 2017
AURORA, Ill., March 7, 2017 – AAA urges Illinois legislators to vote no on SB 2036, which would increase the speed limit to 75 mph on Illinois’ highways and from 55 mph to 60 mph on urban-area interstates. The bill, if passed, would represent the third time this decade that legislators have voted to increase speed limits on Illinois’ roadways despite Illinois’ rising speed fatality rates.
“The Illinois legislature cannot ignore the culture of speed that already exists on Illinois roadways,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “While all of Illinois’ neighboring states have a current maximum speed of 70 mph, Illinois’ percentage of speed-related fatal crash rates is much higher, and this problem cannot be fixed setting even higher speed limits.”
The data on speeding are clear. From 2013-2015, on average, 39 percent of Illinois fatal crashes were due to speed, well above the national average of 28 percent and above all other surrounding states as well. In that time, over 1,100 people died on Illinois’ roads in crashes due to speeding. Additionally, total motor vehicle fatalities were on the rise in both 2015 and 2016 with fatalities eclipsing 1,000 crashes in 2016 for the first time since 2008.
“The roadway fatality trends in Illinois coupled with its culture of speed are deeply concerning to us and allowing vehicles to go faster only exacerbates this problem,” said Mosher. “We urge legislators to do what’s best for all roadway users and vote no on Senate Bill 2036.”
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The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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