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Illinois State Police Prepare For Memorial Day Weekend Travel

Press Release Date: May 22, 2013    || Archived October 3, 2014

State Troopers to Strictly Enforce Speeding, DUI, Seatbelt and Distracted Driving

Chicago – Illinois State Police (ISP) 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, ISP will push for zero fatalities statewide by enforcing the four most common traffic violations (Fatal 4):  Speeding, DUI, seat belts, and distracted driving. 

Seatbelt enforcement details and speed patrols will be a top priority for law enforcement statewide and the Illinois State Police will have zero tolerance when it comes to enforcing the Fatal 4. 

“Everyone driving on the roads is vulnerable when motorists ignore traffic laws,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau.  “Our goal this holiday weekend is to reduce fatalities, enforce safety belt compliance, remove impaired drivers, stop speeders and distracted drivers before tragedy strikes,” Grau added.

“Driving under the influence is still the number one cause for traffic crashes and fatalities, especially during holiday celebrations, said ISP Operations Lt. Colonel Terry Lemming.  “Drinking and driving is a deadly combination and drivers can either celebrate responsibly, or behind bars.” he stressed.

State Troopers will continue to enforce all traffic violations during the holiday weekend. Last Year, Illinois State Police issued 3,189 tickets for speeding violations during the four day holiday period from Friday to Monday.  During the same time period, there were 177 DUI arrests, 1,468 safety restraint violations, and 27 distracted driver violations.

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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