|SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) released provisional figures today indicating 14 persons lost their lives as a result of 14 fatal crashes on Illinois roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. There were no fatal crashes on Wednesday, five on Thursday, one on Friday, two on Saturday, and six on Sunday. There were 31 deaths as a result of 26 fatal crashes during the 2000 holiday period. |
"Although any death is saddening, we are pleased the death toll is down from last year" said ISP Director Sam W. Nolen. "Safety messages and patrol efforts no doubt contributed to the decrease, but drivers held the key. The positive statistics tell us the majority of the motoring public did its part and drove defensively and complied with traffic laws."
As part of the National Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.), Troopers issued more than 14,000 citations and written warnings during the five-day enforcement effort including 1,600 for safety belt and child restraint violations. Officers also made 95 DUI arrests and provided assistance to more than 1,600 motorists.
These statistics reflect fatalities reported to the ISP as of November 26 by district headquarters and local and county authorities.