The Labor Day weekend signifies the end of the summer and one of the busiest driving periods of the year where millions of motorists are expected to hit the roadways nationwide. Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt, is urging motorists to celebrate responsibly, and make safety their number one priority.
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 seatbelts, the Fatal Four, are the four primary causes of fatal traffic crashes. Troopers will patrol Illinois roadways watching for and assisting stranded motorists, while enforcing Fatal Four violations and all violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code in order to help reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.
There will be additional emphasis on DUI offenses over the holiday weekend. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign began on August 14th and runs through September 2nd. The ISP will have additional troopers out on the roadways and at roadside safety checks watching for impaired drivers.
Troopers will also be watching for those who fail to slow down and move over when approaching any stationary vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the roadway. Illinois law requires motorists to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching these vehicles.
“Focus on the drive and arrive alive to your Labor Day destinations”, said Captain Ristvedt. “Please operate alert and look for other motorists along the side of the roadway. Move-over to show the courtesy you’d wish for others to extend to your family while enjoying the unofficial end of summer weekend”, he added.
Motorists can expect increased traffic volume 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 everyone.