The Interim Commander of the Illinois State Police District 12, Lieutenant Cory Ristvedt, is asking motorists to do their part in keeping this year’s Labor Day weekend a safe one, travel-wise. As Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest times for motorists in Illinois, the Illinois State Police will be patrolling roadways. However, keeping motorists safe is a combined effort from both the police and the motorists.
The Illinois State Police is prompting motorists to avoid the “fatal four” most common cause of fatal vehicular accidents. These are speeding, driving while under the influence, distracted driving, and failing to wear a seat belt. The Illinois State Police will be monitoring motorists speed’s and will also be vigilant to distracted driving this holiday weekend. Also, since the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign started on August 22nd, the Illinois State Police have been demonstrating zero tolerance for those disobeying seat belt laws and impaired drivers. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will conclude on September 5th.
Lieutenant Ristvedt said, “District 12 counties have seen a large increase in fatal traffic crashes this year. In fact, we have surpassed last year’s total by 47% already. The largest increase in fatalities have occurred on county roads.” “Please be mindful of those fatal four violations while driving this holiday weekend and everyday.”