PESOTUM — Illinois State Police say they plan to strictly enforce speeding, driving under the influence, seat belt and distracted driving laws during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
“Everyone driving on the roads is vulnerable when motorists ignore traffic laws,” Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said in a written release. “Our goal this holiday weekend is to reduce fatalities, enforce safety belt compliance, remove impaired drivers, stop speeders and distracted drivers before tragedy strikes,” Grau added.
Grau said the Memorial Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods for motorists and thousands of drivers are expected to hit the roadways and interstates.
State police plan to push for zero fatalities statewide between Friday and Monday by enforcing the four most common traffic violations, known as the “fatal four”: speeding, driving under the influence, seat belts and distracted driving.
Grau said that seat belt enforcement details and speed patrols will be a top priority for law enforcement across the state, and state police will have zero tolerance when it comes to enforcing the fatal four.
“Driving under the influence is still the No. 1 cause for traffic crashes and fatalities, especially during holiday celebrations,” Illinois State Police Operations Lt. Colonel Terry Lemming said in a written release. “Drinking and driving is a deadly combination and drivers can either celebrate responsibly, or behind bars.”
During the 2012 Memorial Day weekend, state police issued 3,189 tickets for speeding violations; 177 for driving under the influence; 1,468 for safety restraint violations and 27 for distracted-driver violations.