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Speed Reduction Campaign

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Speeding is a problem in many communities. Evanston is no exception. Enforcement of speed limit laws in residential areas is consistently identified as a high priority on annual citizen surveys. This is why the City of Evanston has continued its aggressive speed reduction campaign in an effort to get motorists to slow down voluntarily. Increased traffic enforcement, public awareness and education, are main components of this campaign.

Did you know...

The speed limit on residential streets is 25 m.p.h.

  • On average, the Evanston Police Department handles 3,400 motor vehicle crashes each year.

Speed-related facts:

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for roadway conditions are the most prevalent factors contributing to motor vehicle crashes.
  • The economic cost of speed-related crashes in the U.S. is estimated to be $29 billion annually - that's $55,000 a minute!!

Unfortunately, too few drivers view speeding as an immediate risk to their personal safety or the safety of others. Speeding reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway. Speeding also extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation.

Speeding & Youth

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers.
  • Of drivers under age 21 involved in fatal crashes, 38% of the males were speeding and 24% of the females were speeding.

Your driving habits have the single greatest effect in keeping our streets and families safe. Many people feel that a few miles an hour over the limit is an acceptable risk. Excuses don't matter after a speed-related tragedy occurs. Speeding can kill or disable you or a loved one, including children. Please make a conscious effort to slow down and keep our neighborhoods and streets safe.