Thursday, July 03, 2008
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IDOT officials stress safety for holiday motorists

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[July 03, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Milton R. Sees urges Illinois drivers to buckle up as they get ready to hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend. He also announced that IDOT will suspend some construction-related lane closures for holiday travel.

"As you set out for an enjoyable holiday weekend with family and friends, take a few seconds to buckle your seat belt," he said. "It's a decision that could mean the difference between life and death."

The Department of Transportation will suspend construction-related lane closures wherever possible starting at 3 p.m. today (Thursday) to midnight Sunday. Due to the nature of some projects, some construction zones throughout the state will continue to operate. IDOT is urging motorists to slow down and proceed with caution through these work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect.

"A common cause of crashes in work zones is driver inattention and excessive speed," said Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent. "As IDOT opens up some of the construction lanes, motorists must be mindful of their speed as well as other traffic around them. We are hoping for voluntary compliance; however, troopers will remain diligent in enforcing the law in anticipation of a safe holiday weekend."

More than 34.2 million Americans (almost 85 percent of all holiday travelers) intend to travel by automobile. This is a 1.2 percent decrease from the 34.6 million people who drove to their holiday destinations last year.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Department of Transportation]

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