LASALLE – Illinois State Police officials statewide are reminding motorists to make safety their No. 1 priority while driving during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The Labor Day weekend is one the busiest driving periods for motorists, and thousands of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates nationwide.
Law enforcement officials will push for zero fatalities by enforcing the four most common traffic violations: speeding; DUI; seat belts; and distracted driving. Troopers will saturate expressways and roadways looking for violators.
Troopers will also be on heightened alert monitoring intelligence from the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center for any suspicious activity, vehicles, special alerts and criminal activity crossing state lines.
In addition to enforcement messages and public safety awareness campaigns, districts statewide are also working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to ensure highways are safe and clear of distractions that can impede or affect safe driving and roadway safety.
Law enforcement officials added roadside safety checks have already been deployed leading up to the holiday weekend and these patrols will continue throughout the holiday weekend. Troopers will also be equipped with radar and LIDAR devices to monitor motorists exceeding speed limits.
“The steps to help reduce fatal crashes are simple,” District 17 Commander Captain Robert Atherton said. “If you drink, don’t drive. Obey posted speed limits, do not text and drive and make sure all occupants are properly restrained in your vehicle.”
Last year, the Illinois State Police issued 2,651 tickets for speeding violations during the holiday period from Friday through Monday. During the same time period, there were 91 DUI arrests, 625 seatbelt violations and 45 distracted driver violations.
“Drivers who choose to violate the law and place other motorists and first responders in harm’s way face fines and possible jail time,” ISP Director Hiram Grau said. “Our troopers will have zero tolerance when it comes to reckless and irresponsible driving behavior.”
Since 2007, ISP troopers have been enforcing the Fatal 4 mission and have been striving to reduce the number of fatalities every year.