State police watching motorists on Super Bowl weekend
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police are putting the motoring public on notice they will strictly enforce moving violations during this Super Bowl weekend.
The emphasis will be on what police call the "Fatal-4": driving under the influence, speeding, distracted driving and seat belts. Troopers issued more than 1,000 Fatal-4 citations during the 2012 Super Bowl weekend.
Police say alcohol is a leading factor in fatal traffic crashes, especially during celebratory weekends.
In 2011, 278 people were killed on Illinois highways as a result of drunken drivers.
That's one-third of the total crash-related deaths that year. And in 2012, four people died as a result of alcohol-related crashes during Super Bowl Sunday.
For these reasons, troopers remind Super Bowl fans to celebrate responsibly with a designated driver.
"Driving under the influence is still the No. 1 cause for traffic crashes and fatalities during the holidays, and Super Bowl weekend is no different," state police Director HiramGrau said.
"The Illinois State Police will strictly enforce DUI and will target those violators who place their lives and the lives of others at risk when they choose alcohol over safety," he stressed.