Illinois State Police stepping up
patrols during July 4th weekend
ISP Troopers increasing visibility and
enforcement efforts, motorists urged to designate a driver
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[July 02, 2016]
- Illinois State Police (ISP) officials would like to remind
motorists to drive sober or designate a driver while celebrating
over the 4th of July weekend. The ISP message is clear: if you drink
and drive, you will be arrested. ISP Troopers in every District will
focus on identifying “Fatal-4” traffic violations: DUI, Speeding,
Seatbelts and Distracted Driving.
“This holiday weekend will be safer and more enjoyable time if
everyone does their part. Remember, designate a driver before the
celebration begins,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “ISP Troopers
will be doing their part to keep the roadway safe by watching for
and arresting intoxicated drivers.”
The ISP recently instituted a crime and fatality reduction
initiative designed to create an enhanced presence of enforcement
operations during the days leading up to and throughout the July
4th, 2016, holiday period. During the month of June, ISP Patrol
steadily stepped up enforcement during 3,425 hours of extra patrol
utilizing 712 officers with a pre-holiday focus on increased police
visibility and enforcement as a catalyst to change unsafe driving
behaviors. Officers trained in criminal patrol will remain vigilant
and at the ready to address criminal activity while simultaneously
enforcing Fatal 4 violations.
DUI remains the number one cause of fatal crashes during
Independence Day celebrations. Drunk driving is just one of the
“fatal four” violations. Speeding, driving distracted, and not
wearing your seatbelt are also contributing factors to traffic crash
Speeding increases your chances of losing control of a vehicle and
reduces the reaction time to respond to potential hazards. Drive the
speed limit and pass only when it’s safe to do so.
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Keep your eyes on the road and off the cell phone. Illinois law
prohibits the use of any electronic devices while operating a motor
vehicle. Hands-free or Blue Tooth Technology is allowed for person
over the age of 18.
Buckle up. It’s the law and it may save your life if you’re in a
crash. Statistics show that 43 percent of crash victims found not
wearing their seatbelt resulted in serious injury or death.
The following tips will help you from becoming a statistic.
- Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
- Designate a sober driver before the drinking begins.
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or
family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to
get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while
impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements
to safely get to where they are going.
[Illinois State Police]