State Police conduct ‘Operation Sauter’ to honor fallen trooper

Trooper James Sauter
Trooper James Sauter

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Illinois State Police districts around the state will honor fallen Trooper James Sauter with a special 24-hour, statewide enforcement memorial operation starting Friday, March 28.

Sauter, 28, was killed when he was struck by a truck tractor-semi trailer on I-294 at Willow Road March 28, 2013. Sauter was assigned to District 15.

Andrew Bokelman, 25, of Lomira, Wis., was charged last November in Cook County for allegedly hitting Sauter’s car. He was charged with a Class 4 felony for violating three rules and regulations set out by the Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicle, namely Federal Regulation Part 392.3 — Driving of Commercial Motor Vehicle. Section 392.3 states that, “No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle while that driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired through fatigue.”

Operation Sauter will focus aggressively on commercial motor vehicles to raise public awareness within the motor carrier industry about driver fatigue and other safety hazards.

Two Illinois troopers have died and one is recovering from life-threatening injuries as the result of commercial motor vehicle crashes, police spokesmen said.

The men and women of the ISP want Operation Sauter to remind the motoring public and commercial motor vehicle operators that safe driving saves lives,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said. “Today, ISP officers statewide will enforce the road safety laws and remember Jim’s courage and dedication to keeping our roads and drivers safe.”

The operation will last through Saturday, March 29.

Posted March 28, 2014

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