ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DISTRICT 21 WARNS MOTORING PUBLIC TO DRIVE SAFELY DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL
State Troopers to Strictly Enforce Speeding, DUI, Seatbelt and Distracted Driving
Ashkum – Illinois State Police District 21 officials are reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend travel. The Memorial Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods for motorists and thousands of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates.
In addition to the statewide Click it or Ticket safety campaign, beginning on Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, District 21 will push for zero fatalities by enforcing the four most common traffic violations (Fatal Four): Speeding, DUI, seat belts, and distracted driving.
Seatbelt enforcement details and speed patrols will be a top priority for law enforcement statewide. “District 21 Troopers will have an increased presence throughout the holiday weekend and will be placing a special emphasis on enforcing the "Fatal Four" stated Captain Bridget Bertrand. "Along with the increased police presence, we are reminding motorists to exercise due caution when approaching stopped emergency vehicles and obey the "Move Over" law. This law requires motorist to yield to all stationary emergency vehicles displaying oscillating, rotating or flashing lights, along with changing lanes (when safe), reduce speed and proceed with caution" stated Captain Bertrand.
Driving under the influence is still the number one cause for traffic crashes and fatalities, especially during holiday celebrations. Drinking and driving is a deadly combination and law enforcement officials are stressing the importance of designating a driver.
State Troopers will continue to enforce all traffic violations during the holiday weekend. Law enforcement officials also stressed the importance of motorcycle safety and proper protective gear.
The Illinois State Police are responsible for the public safety of more than 20,000 miles of the state’s roads and highways.
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