Normal, IL – Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today that ISP officers
will be present at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) girls’ state basketball
tournaments during the IHSA March Madness. The ISP will staff an information booth at
the arena during the games and plans to interact with thousands of students, parents,
and fans from across the state.
The purpose of the information booth is to share facts with the public about traffic safety
issues and answer any questions the public may have regarding new laws. A brochure
display will provide information on distracted driving, seatbelt use, child car seats, teen
drinking and driving, and Scott’s Law; just to name a few.
“Education plays a large role in promoting safe driving habits for motorists across Illinois,”
stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “The IHSA state tournaments provide the perfect
venue for focusing our educational messages to our younger drivers.”
The AAA Motor Club has donated 3000 rally towels with the message “Slow Down Move
Over” which will be handed out by Illinois State Police Troopers to students in the stands
prior to the start of each game. The IHSA will assist in promoting the ISP message by
broadcasting public service announcements concerning safe driving habits throughout
the entire tournament.
ISP Safety Education Officers and Field Recruiters will also be on site to provide materials
with information about job requirements, benefits, and opportunities available through the
employment opportunities with the ISP.
The IHSA girls’ basketball tournaments run February 24-25 and March 3-4. The
tournaments are held at the Redbird Arena on the Illinois State University Campus in