PROM - Please Return On Monday
Illinois State Police issues safety warning ahead of upcoming prom and graduation season

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[April 23, 2016]  SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police (ISP) District 09 officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season. Our primary safety message is in the word PROM which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”

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 State Police]

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