Police aim to cut down on ‘Fatal Five’ on U.S. 20 Nov. 25, 27
From press release
PECATONICA, Ill.—Captain James Winters, Commander of the Illinois State Police District 16, is announcing a new holiday enforcement campaign that will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25, throughout District 16. The new enforcement campaign, known as “20 on 20,” will run throughout the day on the 25th as well as Friday, Nov. 27.
“The new enforcement initiative is a multi-agency effort directed at reducing traffic crashes, specifically fatal and personal injury crashes,” Winters said.
Troopers from District 16, officers from the Secretary of State Police, along with Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Boone and Winnebago county deputies will have a heavy presence along U.S. Route 20 throughout the campaign. Several local police agencies will be participating as well. Twenty law enforcement officers will be patrolling U.S. Route 20 at various times throughout Wednesday and Friday.
“Over the past three years, there has been an average of 19 traffic fatalities state-wide associated with the Thanksgiving holiday,” Winters said. “That is unacceptable.
“All the troopers, deputies and officers participating in this effort will be focusing on what we refer to as the ‘Fatal Five,’” Winters added. The Fatal Five violations are driving under the influence, speeding, not buckling up, improper lane usage and following too closely.
“There has not been a Thanksgiving-related traffic fatality in District 16 since 2006,” Winters said. “State, county and local law enforcement are coming together in an effort to keep it that way. However, the biggest effort has to come from motorists. Help yourself and others get where they are going safely, so we can all have an enjoyable holiday.”
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