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Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Efforts

Press Release Date: November 23, 2004    || Archived December 6, 2004
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its Thanksgiving enforcement efforts aimed at reducing highway crashes and fatalities. The ISP will join law enforcement agencies across the nation in the Click It or Ticket Campaign (November 22 - December 6) and Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), November 24 - 28. These traffic safety initiatives are conducted to promote the use of safety belts and child restraint devices, and to reduce speeding and impaired driving violations during the holiday weekend.

"In conjunction with Governor Blagojevich's Alcohol Abuse Task Force, the Illinois State Police will conduct more than 100 roadside safety checks around the state beginning this weekend and continuing through the end of the year to remove impaired drivers from our roadways this holiday season. Troopers assigned to the checks will be looking for motorists driving impaired, not wearing safety belts, and committing other traffic violations," said ISP Director Larry G. Trent. "Troopers will also be working with local law enforcement agencies at safety belt enforcement zones in an effort to educate the motoring public on the benefits of safety belt and child restraint use."

In addition to roadside safety checks and safety belt enforcement zones, Troopers will also work patrols aimed at reducing the fatal five offenses which contribute to crashes: speeding, not using restraint devices, following too closely, DUI, and improper lane usage.

Last year, 18 persons lost their lives as a result of 17 fatal crashes over the five-day holiday period.

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