Illinois State Police encourage
safe driving habits for Labor Day weekend
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[September 02, 2017]
Labor Day weekend signifies the end of the summer and the last
chance for people to get out and enjoy the warm weather. The holiday
weekend is one the busiest driving periods and millions of motorists
are expected to hit the roadways nationwide. Illinois State Police
(ISP) District 09 Commander, Lieutenant Chris Owen, is reminding
motorists to make safety their number one priority while driving
during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Troopers will focus their attention on the primary factors that
contribute to fatal traffic crashes. Driving under the influence
(DUI), speeding, distracted driving, and not wearing seat belts, the
Fatal Four, are the four primary causes of fatal traffic crashes.
Troopers will patrol Illinois roadways watching for and assisting
stranded motorists, and enforcing Fatal Four violations.
There will be additional emphasis on DUI offenses over the holiday
weekend. The “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began on
August 21 and runs through September 4. The ISP will have additional
troopers out on the roadways and at roadside safety checks watching
for impaired drivers.
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Troopers will also be watching for those who fail to slow down
and move over. Illinois law requires motorists to reduce speed, change lanes if
possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching a vehicle on the side of
the road displaying rotating or flashing lights.
Commander Owen stated, “Throughout the Labor Day weekend there
are typically more motorist traveling than usual. With increased traffic flows,
there is increased chances of traffic crashes. Our State Troopers will be
patrolling aggressively in attempt to identify and stop those that choose to
disregard the safety of others and themselves.”
Motorists can expect increased traffic volumes and should plan to allow extra
time when traveling to their destinations. Voluntary compliance to traffic laws
will assist in making Labor Day travels a safe and enjoyable experience for
[Tpr. Sean T. Ramsey
Safety Education Officer
Illinois State Police District 09]