Illinois State Police (ISP) District 11 officials are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season. Their 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 11 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.
“Prom is an exciting time for high school students and we want to encourage teens to have fun by making good choices,” stated Illinois State Police District 11 Interim Commander, Timothy Tyler. “If you choose to drink at prom you can embarrass your date, ruin your reputation, and get kicked out of prom. You also risk being suspended from school, and getting arrested,” Tyler added.
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, state police say they can help ensure this year’s prom and graduation memories are positive ones.
Think responsibly, buckle up and don’t use alcohol or drugs.