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PECATONICA, Ill. — Illinois State Police (ISP) officials statewide are reminding motorists to make safety their No. 1 priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest driving periods for motorists, and thousands of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates nationwide.
Law enforcement officials will push for zero fatalities by enforcing the four most common traffic violations: speeding, DUI, seat belts and distracted driving.
Troopers will saturate the expressways and roadways looking for violators. Troopers will also be on heightened alert monitoring intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center (STIC) for any suspicious activity, vehicles, special alerts and criminal activity crossing state lines.
District 16 Commander Jeff Bain said: “Our goal this Labor Day weekend is to help ensure everyone makes it to and from their destinations safely. Please plan to allow yourself extra time when traveling to avoid speeding, do not text while driving, and if you choose to drink, do so responsibly and use a designated driver. As always, remember to move over or slow down when you encounter a stopped emergency or maintenance vehicle during your travels.”
In addition to enforcement messages and public safety awareness campaigns, districts statewide are also working with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to ensure highways are safe and clear of road distractions that can impede or impact safe driving and roadway safety.
Law enforcement officials added that roadside safety checks have already been deployed leading up to the holiday weekend, and these patrols will continue throughout the holiday weekend. Troopers will also be equipped with radar and LIDAR devices to monitor motorists exceeding the legal speed limits.
Last year, the Illinois State Police issued 2,651 tickets for speeding violations during the holiday period from Friday through Monday. During the same time period, there were 91 DUI arrests, 625 seat belt violations and 45 distracted driver violations.
“Drivers who choose to violate the law and place other motorists and first responders in harm’s way face fines and possible jail time,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Our troopers will have zero tolerance when it comes to reckless and irresponsible driving behavior.”
Since 2007, ISP troopers have been enforcing the “Fatal 4” mission and have been striving to reduce the number of fatalities every year.
Posted Aug. 30, 2013