During the next several months, Illinois State Police District 09
Troopers will be conducting high visibility patrols with aggressive
enforcement of the Fatal Four violations: DUI, Speeding, Seat Belt,
and Distracted Driving, with a focus on DUI violations.
District 09 Captain Scott Compton says “More teen fatalities occur
on Prom and Graduation weekends than any other time of the year. The
Illinois State Police encourage teens to buckle up, obey the speed
limit, do not drink and drive, and put your cell phones down when
driving. Make Prom and Graduation a positive memory everyone.”
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According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2014 over 131 teens
were involved in fatal crashes. The major reason teens are killed or seriously
injured in traffic crashes are: lack of safety belt use, speed, distraction,
impaired driving or lack of experience. In 2015, there were 135 teen fatalities
due to traffic crashes in Illinois.
In addition to the directed patrols, Seat Belt Enforcement Zones will also be
conducted. The goal of these concentrated efforts is voluntary compliance. With
the motoring public’s assistance we can help ensure this year’s prom and
graduation memories are positive ones. Think responsibly, buckle up and don’t
use alcohol or drugs.
[Trooper Sean T. Ramsey, Illinois