"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
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
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
Department of Transportation]
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