The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is generally one of the busiest travel holiday periods of the year. As millions of travelers take to Illinois roadways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, reminds motorists to drive safely.
Drivers can do their part to ensure they, and their passengers, experience safe travels. Simply keeping your eyes on the road, watching your speed, buckling your seatbelt, and refraining from driving after consuming alcoholic beverages can reduce your chances of being involved in a fatal traffic crash.
The ISP will be doing their part to help keep the roadways safe from dangerous drivers. Troopers will be on the watch for drivers exceeding speed limits and those who choose to drive distracted. Along with regular patrols, we will also have additional patrols out to help remove intoxicated drivers from Illinois roadways. Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.
The ISP is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The Click It or Ticket campaign officially starts on November 16. The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. Stepped-up patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout the state through November 26.
“While Troopers will be on the road to help keep travelers safe, we ask that you help us by moving over when you see vehicles along the roadside”, said Captain Ristvedt. “During this busy travel period, stranded motorists without emergency vehicles yet present will especially need other driver’s to be alert, slow down, and move over. In each vehicle is someone’s family, we ask that all motorists treat others with the courtesy they’d like for their own”, he added.
ISP’s goal is to ensure safe travels for you and your loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. If you find yourself behind the wheel, please watch the road and your speed, buckle up, and drive sober.