Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, is urging motorists to drive safely this Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day is a huge nationwide travel weekend and millions of people are expected to hit the roads. The Illinois State Police are responsible for over 20,000 miles of roadway. This holiday weekend also coincides with the Click It or Ticket campaign running from May 15th and May 31st.
The ISP is reminding motorists that they will be diligently enforcing the four most deadly traffic violations: Speeding, driving while under the influence, lack of seat belts, and distracted driving. Last year, the Illinois State Police issued 3,204 tickets for speeding, 196 DUI arrests, 732 seat belt violations, and 229 distracted driving tickets during the Memorial Day weekend. Officers are also reminding motorist of the Move Over Law. This law requires all drivers to move over and and slow down when approaching an emergency vehicle with its lights on or a vehicle on the shoulder with its hazards on.
The Illinois State Police are informing motorists that the simplest ways to protect yourself this weekend is to avoid distractions, drive slowly, always wear your seat belt and drive sober.